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Hariri trial to take place outside Lebanon

October 4th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis, the UN investigator in Lebanon, has reportedly recommended that the trial into the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri should take place outside the country.

He wants to see a Lebanese court sitting outside Lebanon – just like the Lockerbie trial, where Scottish judges sat in a court in The Hague.

He wants to ensure that the defendants will see the trial as fair – rather than a domestic witch hunt against a rival group. And that witnesses can feel safe.

He’ll also be concerned about the recent political insecurity – on Saturday there was a murder attempt on a judge in Northern Lebanon.


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