Special Tribunal For Lebanon. Photo: STL via Flickr (CC).
Special Tribunal For Lebanon. Photo: STL via Flickr (CC).

Prosecution case completed at STL in Ayyash et al., case: On Wednesday, the Prosecution at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) completed its presentation of evidence in the main case before the Tribunal, Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. The proceedings relate to the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut which injured 226 people and killed 22 others, including former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Over the course of its case, the Prosecution has presented roughly 2,470 exhibits and evidence from more than 260 witnesses, in proceedings which are being held in absentia against four accused, who remain at large. The next phase of the case, which will occur at the end of February, will involve the Trial Chamber hearing submissions from the Defence under Rule 167, seeking a judgment of acquittal on the grounds that there is no evidence capable of supporting a conviction. (STL Press Release)

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. brightsblog.wordpress.com via Bing (CC).
ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. brightsblog.wordpress.com via Bing (CC).

ICC Prosecution opens Preliminary Examination into Philippines and Venezuela: The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, announced on Thursday that she will be opening a preliminary examination into the situations in the Republic of Philippines (Philippines) and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Venezuela), both of which are States Parties to the Rome Statute. Regarding the Philippines, the examination will analyse crimes allegedly committed since July 2016 in the context of the government’s “war on drugs” campaign, focusing in particular on allegations of extra-judicial killings in the course of police anti-drug operations. The preliminary examination regarding Venezuela will focus on crimes allegedly committed in the context of demonstrations and political unrest since April 2017, particularly allegations that State security forces used excessive force to repress demonstrations and arrest and detain opposition members. Bensouda emphasised that a preliminary examination does not constitute an investigation, but rather involves assessing information alongside issues of jurisdiction, admissibility and the interests of justice to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation. (ICC Press Release; ICC Tweet)

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