Leidschendam, 18 July 2012 - The Appeals Chamber issued today a decision rejecting the request of the Defence to reconsider its ruling of 16 February 2011, which defined terrorism for the first time in international law.
The Defence argued that the content of the decision should be revisited. They also challenged the procedure followed to issue that decision. The Appeals Chamber decided that in order to reconsider its 16 February 2011 decision, the Defence must show that the accused suffered a prejudice from that decision. The Chamber found that the Defence failed to show any harm against the accused and rejected the request.
On 16 February 2011, the Appeals Chamber had issued a decision on 15 questions of law submitted by the Pre-Trial Judge to assist him in the confirmation of the indictment against the four accused. In that decision, the Chamber explained how the Tribunal should apply Lebanese law and defined the crimes of terrorism, conspiracy and homicide.