New York

02 January 2015

Note to Correspondents on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Secretary-General has extended the mandate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for a period of three years from 1 March 2015, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1757 (2005).

The mandate of the STL, which is based near The Hague in the Netherlands, is to hold trials for those accused of carrying out the attack of 14 February 2005 in Beirut which killed 22 people, including the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured many others.  Five accused have been indicted over the killing. The trial in absentia began in January 2014 and is currently ongoing.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to bring those responsible to justice and to ensure that impunity for such major crimes will not be tolerated. The United Nations looks forward to the continued support and cooperation of the Government of Lebanon.