Jreissati Meets STL President, Urges Speedy Procedures

Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati held talks Thursday with visiting Special Tribunal for Lebanon President Judge Ivana Hrdličková.

The National News Agency said talks tackled “the course of the judicial phases that the tribunal has completed.”

The meeting was held in the presence of STL Deputy President Judge Ralph Riachi and a number of STL officials.

After the talks, Jreissati said the pre-scheduled meeting was held at Hrdličková's request.

“I expressed two concerns: the first is unveiling the truth in the case of the assassination of the martyr Rafik Hariri and his companions, which is STL's main mission, while the second is the question of time, because in Lebanon time is costly as it is known,” the minister added, noting that “the STL is the only court in the world that gets half of its funding from the concerned country.”

“We agreed to speed up the issuance of verdicts in the preliminary phase and we also discussed the appeals phase and the so-called linked cases,” Jreissati went on to say.

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