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April 8, 2015

NNA - STL Media accreditation for start of trial case against Al Jadeed S.A.L., Ms. Karma Al Khayat, April 08, 2015

The Contempt Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Nicola Lettieri, has scheduled the start of trial in the contempt case against Al Jadeed [CO.] S.A.L./NEW T.V. S.A.L.(N.T.V.) and Ms Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat (STL-14-05) for Thursday 16 April 2015.

The trial will commence at 9:00 AM (CET) with opening statements by the Amicus CuriaeProsecutor and possibly the Defence counsel. The opening statements will be followed directly by the presentation of the Amicus Curiae's case from 16 to 17 April 2015 and 20 to 22 April 2015, as needed. The Defence will then present its case, if any, from 12 to 15 May 2015.

Accreditation is required for all members of the media who wish to enter the Tribunal building. Please fill out the accreditation form online no later than Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 5:00 PM (CET) to indicate which day(s) of trial you would like to attend.

A Decision in Proceedings for Contempt with Orders in lieuof an Indictment in the case against Al JadeedS.A.L. and Ms Karma Al Khayat was issued on 31 January 2014, charging the Accused with two counts of contempt and obstruction of justice under Rule 60bis(A). A redacted version of the decision and orders became public on 24 April 2014.

The initial appearances of Al JadeedS.A.L. and Ms Karma Khayat before the Contempt Judge took place on 13 May 2014. Both the Accused entered pleas of not guilty.

On 18 December 2014, the Contempt Judge set 16 April 2015 as the start date of trial in the case against Al JadeedS.A.L. and Ms Khayat.

Important Practical Information

In addition to registering online, members of the media must bring their passport, and press card or proof of employment. Please note that access to the Tribunal's press facilities will be denied to anyone without proper accreditation. The Tribunal reserves the right to refuse entry to any journalists at any stage in this process.

Accredited media representatives must use the public entrance to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon located on Dokter van der Stamstraat 1 in Leidschendam, and should arrive no later than 45 minutes before the start of a hearing.

The hearings will be held in open session. The opening statement(s) on 16 April 2015 can be followed live and the presentation of the Amicus Curiae'sand Defence's case with a 30-minute delay on the STL website, at the external Satellite News Gathering (SNG) point, and in the Tribunal's Media Centre. The hearing can be followed in Arabic, English or French.

Public Information Material

The Tribunal's Public Information and Communications Section has launched a new page on the two contempt cases on its website. This page is not a legal document; rather, it aims to inform the public about the background and procedural history of the cases. To view the webpage, please click here.

Photographs, Audio and Video Recording

Audio and video recording and the taking of photographs is strictly prohibited within the premises of the STL. Only officially accredited members of the press and media are permitted to use recording devices within designated areas; namely in the STL's Media Centre.

Media Centre

The Court's Media Centre will be open as of 8:00 AM on 16 April 2015. It will be closed at 6:00 PM CET or one hour after the proceedings end, whichever is later.

The Media Centre is equipped with wireless Internet access and TV screens on which the hearing will be broadcast.

The Court will also provide a feed from the courtroom to the hot-desk area of the Media Centre. The tables in the Media Centre contain plugs for video and audio feeds from the courtroom (4:3, PAL, Standard Definition): BNC video output and XLR audio output. You can record from four possible audio channels: 1 - floor, 2 - French, 3 - English, 4 - Arabic. Each table contains audio and video sockets and power plugs using European sockets with 230 Volts AC. Please note that the Tribunal does not provide computers, fax machines or external phone connections.

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