Special tribunal for Lebanon condemns interference in its work

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Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has strongly condemned the publishing of a list of alleged witnesses on a website.

The tribunal was set up by the Security Council in 2007 to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in February 2005.

It says that any attempt to knowingly and wilfully interfere with the judicial process, including disclosure of confidential material or threatening, intimidating, or otherwise interfering with potential witnesses, is taken very seriously.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has more.

"The Special Tribunal for Lebanon condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest attempt to interfere with the proper administration of justice by publishing a list of alleged witnesses and potentially endangering the lives of Lebanese citizens.The Tribunal says that the list of persons that could be placed at risk by an irresponsible website is not, in fact, an accurate reflection of official court records. Those behind the website are in grave breach of journalistic ethics and employ questionable methods, such as Internet hacking." (29")

The tribunal says it has requested the assistance of the Lebanese authorities and others in this matter so that appropriate measures may be taken if necessary.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1'28"

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