Hariri tribunal amends rules on trials in absentia

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Judges at the UN-backed tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri have changed the court’s rules to clarify when a trial in absentia can be staged if suspects refuse to surrender.

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Published: Sun 21 Nov 2010, 1:32 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:16 AM

Under changes to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s rules announced Friday, a trial in absentia could be ordered around 60 days after an indictment is issued.

The court already had provisions for trying suspects in their absence, but had not set time limits for when it could happen.

The court has not yet issued any indictments. The changes appear to foreshadow concerns that once prosecutors do name suspects they may not be able to have them arrested.

The court says the rule changes come into force Dec. 1.

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