STL APPEALS CHAMBER SCHEDULES AN APPEALS HEARING IN THE MERHI AND ONEISSI CASE FOR THE WEEK OF 4 OCTOBER 2021

The Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) scheduled an appeals hearing to take place from 4 to 8 October 2021 in the case of Prosecutor v. Merhi and Oneissi (STL-11-01). The case relates to the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut that killed 22 people including former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and injured 226 others.

In a Scheduling Order issued on 12 July 2021, the Appeals Chamber stated that it will hear oral arguments from the Prosecutor, Defence Counsel for Messrs Hassan Habib Merhi and Hussein Hassan Oneissi (the Parties), and the Legal Representatives of the Victims (LRV), or may invite them to clarify arguments developed in their written submissions and observations in relation to the Appeal filed by the Prosecutor against the Trial Judgment.

The Chamber authorized the LRV to attend the Appeal hearing and to make oral submissions in relation to issues that affect the victims’ personal interests.

The public hearing will last five days, from Monday, 4 October at 09:30 (CET) to Friday, 8 October, at 12:40 (CET). The hearing will be broadcast with a 30-minute delay on the STL Website in Arabic, English and French. The detailed timetable for each hearing day is accessible here.

Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Judges will withdraw to deliberate and will render their Judgment on Appeal in due course. Therefore, please note that the Judgment shall be pronounced publicly at a later stage.

Source: National News Agency