Netherlands to host Hariri tribunal

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007 , THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands plans to host the international court that will try suspects in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen told Dutch public Radio 1 Thursday.

16 August 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands plans to host the international court that will try suspects in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen told Dutch public Radio 1 Thursday.

"We will react positively" to the request of UN chief Ban Ki-moon to have the tribunal in The Hague, Verhagen said.

"I am working under the premise that the tribunal will be in The Hague. Obviously we have to sort out some practical matters first like financing and where possible convicts will go to serve their sentences," the minister explained.

"I think it will work out," he added.

The United Nations secretary general wrote to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende last month asking the Netherlands to host the Hariri tribunal.
Balkenende will send Ban his positive response "very soon," Verhagen said.
Hariri and 22 other people were killed in a massive truck bombing in Beirut in February 2005.

The tribunal will also have jurisdiction over this and other attacks against anti-Syrian Lebanese figures carried out between October 2004 and December 2005 if they are linked to the Hariri slaying.

The Hague bills itself as the legal capital of the world and is already host to several international tribunals like the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone, which has its headquarters in Freetown, has also moved the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to The Hague.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

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