|Work proceeds on set-up of Hariri tribunal
|Preparations are continuing for the establishment of a special court to try suspects in the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Central News Agency (CNA) said Thursday. The CNA said the tribunal will be held in The Netherlands.
The agency said that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had delegated Undersecretary General for Legal Affairs Nicholas Michel to handle the details of the trial with the Dutch government.
Michel will also be discussing with the government matters of funding, budgeting and location, and the issues of security, working conditions, and placement of the accused.
Designated judges are expected be announced on September 24. Ban has the list of 14 Lebanese nominees, from whom four will be chosen.
Official sources said that the approximate cost for the initial year would be $50 million, 49 percent of which Lebanon will cover. The Lebanese Cabinet recently set aside LL7.5 billion (about $5 million) as an advance payment against the share Beirut will be contributing to the trial.
The Daily Star