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Lebanon – Opening of the trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (January 16, 2014)

France welcomes the opening today of the trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The tribunal will try the individuals charged with having perpetrated the attack on February 14, 2005, which killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, along with 22 others, and injured many more.

This trial, which has been highly anticipated, notably by the families of the victims as well as the international community, marks a decisive step forward in the fight against impunity for terrorist acts.

France is keen to ensure that the tribunal, established by UNSCR 1757, will be able to complete its mission independently and in an atmosphere of calm.

In the current context of heightened security and following the attacks of the last few months, France supports the Lebanese authorities in their determination to combat all forms of terrorism and their commitment to fighting impunity.



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