Special tribunal for Lebanon cancels new proceedings due to lack of money

Judges from the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon have called off a new trial against the man convicted of murdering former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 because they expect the tribunal to run out of money and close before its Mission is complete.

Last year the court convicted Salim Jamil Ayyash, a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, in Absence for the bombing that killed Hariri and 21 other people.

Special tribunal for Lebanon cancels new proceedings due to lack of money

Salim Ayyash

A second case was scheduled to begin on June 16 in Ayyash over another assassination attempt and attacks on other Lebanese politicians in the years 2004 and 2005 to be charged.

However, the judges wrote in a decision published on the court’s website on Thursday that they canceled the trial “because it is pointless to start a trial in June and, due to a lack of funds, is likely to end in July”.

And the special tribunal for Lebanon with headquarters in The Hague announced earlier this week that it would have to cease operations after July if it does not find a solution to the funding gap problem.

Judge of the International Tribunal for Lebanon

Judge of the International Tribunal for Lebanon

A Reuters report last week revealed that die Means of the court, die 51% of its funding from voluntary contributions and 49% from the Lebanese government have been used up.

Lebanon is going through an economic crisis die Called “one of the worst recessions of modern times” by the World Bank.

Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate and son of the late Rafik Hariri, could not come up with President Michel Aoun die Agreement formed a new government and left the country behind since last year in a state of political paralysis.

The United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon was set up in 2007 by a resolution of the UN Security Council. Its budget last year was 55 million euros ($ 67 million).

The court said the 2021 budget had been cut by around 40% but is still struggling to get contributions.

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