STL judge orders access to former Lebanese general's file
A special tribunal on Thursday ordered that former Lebanese general Jamil El Sayed, detained for four years in connection with the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, be given access to his case file.
Sayed, Lebanon's former security services director, was arrested following the death of Hariri and 22 other people in a Beirut bomb attack on February 14, 2005.
"The pre-trial Judge Daniel Fransen, has ordered that the tribunal's prosecutor release more than 270 documents to Jamil El Sayed," the Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said in a statement.
"Mr Sayed would receive some of the documentation in the possession of the STL prosecutor very soon. A large majority of these will be disclosed to Mr El Sayed, whilst others can only be inspected by his council," it added.
At a previous hearing of the tribunal -- set up by the UN to prosecute those responsible for the attack -- Sayed requested access to his file in order to launch proceedings in another court.
"Judge Fransen ruled that the documents could only be used for 'legitimate purposes'. The use of these documents must respect the presumption of innocence, the right to defence and the right to privacy of third parties," it added.
Sayed is one of four former generals detained by the Lebanese authorities between August 30, 2005 and April 29, 2009, in connection with Hariri's death.
"Mr El Sayed claimed that he was wrongly detained by the Lebanese authorities on the basis of libelous denounciations," the STL press release said.
"He has requested documents related to his claim," it added.
He was released just weeks after the establishment of the STL in 2009 following an order by Judge Fransen.
The judge has ordered the proscutor to file a report by June 13 "that explains how he completed the obligations required in this decision."
"This is an ongoing process. If the prosecutor finds new documents during his investigation he may be required to disclose them," the STL said.
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