Hariri tribunal to hear general's bid for files

7th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

The tribunal created to try the killers of Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri said Friday it would hear an ex-general's bid for access to his docket on January 14 after he was jailed for four years without charge.

Pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague, "orders the scheduling of a hearing at the courtroom of the tribunal on January 14, 2011," said a ruling dated Friday.

"The applicant and the prosecution will have 20 minutes each to present their arguments".

Jamil Sayyed, a former director of security services, is one of four generals who claim they were arbitrarily detained between August 2005 and April 2009 after they made strongly worded accusations about the Hariri case.

Sayyed, together with the Shiite Hezbollah and its allies, have accused security officials, politicians and judges close to the former premier's son, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, of having "manufactured" evidence to implicate them in the assassination.

A Lebanese judge ordered the general placed in temporary detention in August 2005 on an arrest warrant issued at the request of an international, UN-created commission of inquiry into the deaths of Hariri and 22 others in a car bomb blast in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

But in April 2009, the UN tribunal ordered the release of Sayyed and three other generals, all considered pro-Syrian, saying there was not sufficient evidence to keep them.

The general, who claims to have been the victim of a "grand conspiracy" involving false testimony, seeks access to his criminal file for use in legal proceedings in Lebanon.

© 2011 AFP

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