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12 April 2018

Trial Chamber schedules filing of final briefs and oral closing arguments in June 2018 in the Ayyash et al. case

Leidschendam, 12 April 2018 - The Trial Chamber ordered the Prosecutor, Defence counsel for the four Accused as well as the Legal Representatives of Victims in the Ayyash et al. case to file their final trial briefs by Monday 4 June 2018 . Any responses from the parties and participating victims should be filed by Monday 18 June 2018.

In a scheduling order issued yesterday, the Trial Chamber also stated that it will hear oral closing arguments between Monday 25 June and Friday 6 July 2018.

Under Rule 147 of the STL Rules of Procedure and Evidence, following the presentation of all the evidence, the Prosecutor, the participating victims and the Defence may file final trial briefs and present closing arguments.

The Trial Chamber considers that the simultaneous filing of final trial briefs would expedite the proceedings, but without prejudicing any Party or the participating victims, as each may respond to the other’s submissions before oral closing arguments are heard.


Background information:

The Prosecution closed its case against the four Accused on 7 February 2018.

On 7 March 2018, the Trial Chamber dismissed an application for a judgement of acquittal, under Rule 167, made by the Defence of Mr Hussein Hassan Oneissi. No other Defence counsel made applications under this Rule.

Further, the Oneissi Defence was the only team which chose to call a Defence case, consisting of one expert witness and a political witness.

The Trial Chamber scheduled the hearing of the Oneissi Defence case between 10 and 20 April 2018. The expert witness will testify on Tuesday 17 April 2018.