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28 March 2018

STL Trial Chamber schedules the presentation of the Oneissi Defence case between 10 and 20 April 2018

Leidschendam, 28 March 2018 – The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) ordered the hearing of the Defence case for the Accused Mr Hussein Hassan Oneissi between 10 and 20 April 2018.

In its scheduling order, the Trial Chamber held that the Oneissi Defence case could be completed within a two-week period, but that it would consider any applications for adjournment or extension of this period.

Counsel for Mr Oneissi informed the Trial Chamber that they intended to call two witnesses: Professor Siegfried Ludwig Sporer, and Mr Jamil El Sayyed with the latter to testify on the political situation in Lebanon preceding former Lebanese Prime Minister Mr Rafik Hariri’s assassination.

The Prosecution has until 6 April to notify the Trial Chamber if it accepts the expert witness statement, it wishes to cross-examine the expert, or it challenges his qualifications as an expert or the relevance of all or parts of his report.

The Defence’s estimate for Mr El Sayyed’s examination-in-chief is three days. The Trial Chamber asked the Oneissi Defence to file a summary setting out the scope of Mr El-Sayyed’s evidence by 29 March 2018 to assist the Trial Chamber and the Prosecution in the preparation for the witness’s evidence.

Mr El-Sayyed informed the Oneissi Defence that he would not be available to testify before the week of 25 June 2018. The Trial Chamber directed counsel for Mr Oneissi to contact Mr El Sayyed again to find a suitable date for his testimony and suggest to him the possibility of video-conference link testimony, which may take place over different days and varied sitting hours.

Accreditation is required for all members of the media who wish to cover the hearing and to enter the Tribunal premises. Please fill out the accreditation form online  no later than Wednesday, 4 April 2018, at 17:00 (CET).


Important Practical Information

In addition to registering online, members of the media must bring their passport, and press card or proof of employment. Please note that access to the Tribunal's press facilities may be denied to anyone without proper accreditation. The Tribunal reserves the right to refuse entry to any journalists at any stage in this process.

Accredited media representatives must use the public entrance to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon located on Dokter van der Stamstraat 1 in Leidschendam, and should arrive no later than 45 minutes before the start of a hearing.
The delivery of the judgment can be followed on the STL website, at the external Satellite News Gathering (SNG) point, and in the Tribunal's Media Centre. The hearing can be followed in Arabic, English or French.

Photographs, Audio and Video Recording

Audio and video recording and the taking of photographs is strictly prohibited within the premises of the STL. Only officially accredited members of the press and media are permitted to use recording devices within designated areas; namely in the STL's Media Centre.

Media Centre

The Court's Media Centre will be open at 9:00 (CET) on days of hearings. It will be closed at 6:00 PM or one hour after the proceedings end, whichever is later.

The Media Centre is equipped with wireless Internet access and TV screens on which the hearing will be broadcast.
The Court will also provide a feed from the courtroom to the hot-desk area of the Media Centre. The tables in the Media Centre contain plugs for video and audio feeds from the courtroom (4:3, PAL, Standard Definition): BNC video output and XLR audio output. You can record from four possible audio channels: 1 - floor, 2 – French, 3 – English, 4 – Arabic. Each table contains audio and video sockets and power plugs using European sockets with 230 Volts AC. Please note that the Tribunal does not provide computers, fax machines or external phone connections.

Feed for the Satellite News Gathering Trucks

An outside hook-up point will be provided to allow SNG equipment to be connected. Feeds will be available in 4:3, PAL, Standard Definition, SDI, and composite. Connections will be BNC video output and XLR audio output with four possible audio channels: 1 - floor, 2 – French, 3 – English, 4 – Arabic. Please note that there is no power supply available. There is also no audio/video connectivity between the press briefing room and the outside hook-up point.