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Contempt Cases

Upon confirming the Ayyash et al. indictment on 28 June 2011, the Pre-Trial Judge ordered material related to the indictment be kept confidential (for reasons including protection of witnesses and safeguarding ongoing investigations). 

On 31 January 2014, two individuals and two media companies were charged with contempt and obstruction of justice before the STL in relation to media reports containing information about alleged confidential STL witnesses.  The charges were brought under Rule 60 bis (A) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, which states that the Tribunal may hold in contempt persons who knowingly and willfully interfere with its administration of justice.

Ms Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat and Al Jadeed S.A.L./New TV S.A.L. were each charged with two counts of contempt for knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice (STL-14-05).  Ms Khayat was convicted of one count and acquitted of the other on 18 September 2015.  Al Jadeed was acquitted of both counts.  On 28 September 2015, Ms Khayat was sentenced to a €10,000 fine.  Her conviction was reversed on appeal on 8 March 2016.

Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Ali Al Amin and Akhbar Beirut S.A.L. were each charged with one count of knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice (STL-14-06).  Both were found guilty on 15 July 2016.  On 29 August 2016, Mr Al Amin was sentenced to a €20,000 fine and Akhbar Beirut to a €6,000 fine, which neither appealed.

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