THE HAGUE: A Lebanese TV station was Friday cleared of charges of contempt for publishing details of witnesses in the trial of the alleged killers of former Premier Rafik Hariri.
The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon also cleared Al-Jadeed television’s deputy chief editor, Karma Khayat, of one charge of contempt, but found her guilty of obstruction of justice for failing to remove the broadcast from the TV’s website and social media as ordered.
Set up in 2007, the court is the only international ad hoc tribunal with the jurisdiction to try an act of terror.
It is specifically trying suspects charged with the murder of Hariri, killed with 22 others in a massive suicide car bombing on the Beirut waterfront on Feb. 14, 2005.
The prosecutor “has not proved that... Al-Jadeed committed a criminal act,” presiding judge Nicola Lettieri told the hearing at the tribunal’s fortress-like building, located in a leafy suburb. However, Khayat herself “was at least wilfully blind to the (court’s) order,” to remove the broadcasts from the station’s website as well as from the YouTube social media video channel.