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11 July 2011

Why is the tribunal legitimate?

Some people in Lebanon have questioned the legitimacy of the tribunal. The question of legitimacy raises two distinct issues: the legality of the tribunal and its credibility.

Legality is a technical concept related to the question of whether the tribunal was created in accordance with the law. This matter may be decided by the tribunal's judges. Credibility, on the other hand, stems from the pursuit of justice in a fair and expeditious manner.

Although the tribunal had no control over the manner in which it was created, it does have an active part to play in ensuring that its work is credible. Not pursuing justice is not an option. The tribunal endeavours to perform to the best of its abilities, in order to bring justice to the Lebanese people and to ensure that the perpetrators of assassinations are held accountable.