(EDITOR’S NOTE: Regardless of whether the STL — an overt Zionist project which is aided and abetted by “Israel” itself, as admitted by genocidal war criminal Avigdor Lieberman — is prosecuting Al-Akhbar as a whole or just its Editor-In-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin, who absolutely thrashed the kangaroo court last May, it’s quite clear that this “special tribunal” , which already has Hizbullah and all of Lebanon in its crosshairs, is now continuing the war on the truthful and courageous Lebanese newspaper that began with the murderous Zionist entity’s assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Since those 34 days of war, in which the Lebanese Islamic Resistance triumphed over the illegitimate “Israeli” regime, Al-Akhbar has faced one attack after another, including one particularly egregious barrage from the US embassy, which blackmailed and threatened advertising agencies not to place ads with Al-Akhbar in an attempt to financially destroy the news outlet. Despite all of this however, Al-Akhbar has persevered, and we here at Mouqawamah Music pray that it not only beats this absurd STL case, but also that Al-Akhbar becomes more resilient with each passing day, as it remains one of the very, very few papers in the entire Arab world not controlled by the bloody petrodollars of the US-Zionist-aligned GCC regimes. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)
The contempt judge for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Nicola Lettieri, has ruled that the STL does not have jurisdiction to hear cases against legal persons (corporate entities, parties, associations) after examining the preliminary defense motions presented in the case of contempt of court against Al-Akhbar and its Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin. The judge has decided to restrict the trial to Amin and not Al-Akhbar
The contempt judge had already issued a similar decision on July 24, 2014, ruling that the tribunal does not have jurisdiction to prosecute Al-Jadeed TV, and restricted the trial to deputy news and political programs manager, Karma al-Khayat.
However, on October 2, an STL appeals panel revoked Lettieri’s decision – with Lebanese panel member Judge Walid Akoum dissenting and warning of the political repercussions of such a decision – and restored the STL’s jurisdiction to prosecute both Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed.
The amicus curiae prosecutor is expected to appeal Lettieri’s decision regarding Al-Akhbar, and the appeals panel is thought to issue a decision similar to its previous one, ultimately paving the way for the tribunal to prosecute Al-Akhbar, Amin, Al-Jadeed, and Khayat.
Source: Al-Akhbar English