Dutchman joins UN Lebanon Tribunal

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Dutch lawyer Herman von Hebel as registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The post is seen as a key position in the first international terrorism tribunal, which is located in the Dutch town of Leidschendam, just outside The Hague.

The tribunal investigates the bomb blast that killed Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 22 others in February 2005. Many in Lebanon blame the killing on Syria and the Shiite Hizbollah movement.

The registrar is responsible for the tribunal's administration, budget and detention facilities as well as its victim participation and witness protection programmes.

The tribunal will issue its first indictment very soon, Mr Von Hebel expects. Twelve cells in Scheveningen prison have been reserved for the tribunal.

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