Victoria Yan

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STL expert: Furniture delivery links phone to Merhi

Prosecution analyst Andrew Donaldson concluded his testimony on the “Purple 231” cellphone attributed to a defendant at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Monday, raising questions and objections from the defense counsel. As an investigator for the prosecution, Donaldson authored several attribution reports linking cellular devices allegedly used during the planning of the 2005 bombing in Downtown Beirut that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. Monday, Donaldson detailed a furniture delivery to the residence of Hassan Habib Merhi in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a few months before the bombing, that contributed to his attribution of the phone to Merhi.…

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Guterres reçoit la présidente du TSL L’impunité ne sera pas tolérée

En visite à New York, la présidente du Tribunal spécial pour le Liban (TSL), la juge Ivana Hrdličková, de nationalité tchèque, a rencontré cette semaine au Palais de Verre le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Antonio Guterres, indique un communiqué émanant de Leidschendam, siège du TSL. Les discussions « ont porté sur les travaux accomplis par le tribunal, les difficultés rencontrées et les efforts entrepris pour mener à bien sa mission et garantir la conduite équitable, rapide et transparente des procédures engagées », souligne le communiqué. « Je tiens à réaffirmer que l'impunité ne sera pas tolérée, a déclaré le…

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Victoria Yan

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STL judge asks "Why now as defense seeks to disallow witness"

Two defense teams made their case to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Trial Chamber Wednesday on a motion filed April 29 that sought to disallow witness Andrew Donaldson from testifying on the grounds he lacked needed expertise. Donaldson, a cellular networks expert, is a former analyst for the Office of the Prosecutor. Although he has appeared to give testimony to the STL multiple times in previous years, the prosecution’s recent decision to call Donaldson to the stand has suddenly raised opposition from the defense. In Wednesday’s session, defense teams for Hassan Merhi and Salim Ayyash – two of the five…

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خالد موسى

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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STL defense: Witness not necessarily expert in co-location

استأنفت غرفة الدرجة الأولى في المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان في لاهاي جلساتها امس، حيث بدأ فريق الدفاع عن المتهمين استجوابه الرئيسي للخبير في شؤون الإتصالات وتحليل المواقع الخلوية والمحقق في مكتب المدعي العام أندرو دونالدسون، بشأن ما يتعلّق بتحليله لأدلة الاقتران المكاني العائدة للهواتف الخلوية للمتهمين. وسألت ممثلة الادعاء كاري دي جاردان، الشاهد دونالدسون عن بداية مسيرته المهنية في عام 2000، فأوضح أنه «بدأ كباحث وبعد ذلك أصبحت محللاً في الشرطة في منطقة ويست فيتليتس»، مشيراً إلى أنه «في أكتوبر من هذا العام استكمل عشر سنوات كمحلل للإتصالات في بيروت وهذا الوقت الذي عملت فيه على بيانات الاتصال في الوثائق…

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Rhys Dubin

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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STL defense claims confirmation bias in cell analysis

During expert witness John Edward Philips’ testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Tuesday, defense counselors for Hassan Merhi questioned the methods Philips used to determine the locations from which various cellphone calls were made. Cellular data, such as the information Philips analyzed over the course of his testimony, has been crucial to the prosecution’s case against the five defendants accused of planning and executing the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. Investigators and prosecutors have used the movement and coordination between various cellphones to track the alleged plot in the lead-up to the…

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STL Defense questions expert on co-located phones

During cross-examination at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, defense counselor Chad Mair questioned expert witness John Edward Philips about his analysis of so-called co-located phones. The term, used throughout the trial, denotes instances in which multiple cellphones attributed to a single individual made calls from the same area of cellular network coverage within a short time period. Throughout Philips’ testimony, instances of co-location have been used to support his “single user analysis” theory. This hypothesis, put forward by the prosecution, has been used by investigators throughout the case to demonstrate that multiple phones were likely used by the same…

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Accuracy of cellphone-coverage maps contested

Special Tribunal for Lebanon defense counselor Chad Mair cross-examined expert witness John Edward Philips throughout Tuesday’s hearing, focusing on anomalies in cellular coverage maps and questioning testimonies made based on unclear data. Cellular evidence has been critical for both the prosecution and the defense, as the five indicted suspects accused of carrying out the 2005 Beirut bombing that assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and killed 21 others are currently undergoing trial in absentia. Mair, representing the interests of defendant Salim Ayyash, spent the majority of Tuesday’s session highlighting inconsistencies in original data provided by Lebanese cellular network company MTC…

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STL Accuracy of cellphone-coverage maps contested

واصل فريق الدفاع في المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان خلال جلسة غرفة الدرجة الأولى في لاهاي أمس، استجوابه المضاد لخبير الاتصالات جان إدوارد فيليبس بشأن افادته في التقرير الذي قدمه وكيل الادعاء لو ساليه بشأن الاقتران المكاني لهواتف المتهمين خلال الفترة الممتدة من 1 تشرين الأول 2004 ولغاية يوم الاغتيال في 14 شباط 2005. وسأل تشاد ميير، محامي الدفاع عن المتهم سليم جميل عياش، فيليبس عن زيارته للبنان، فأوضح الأخير أنه زار لبنان «مرة وهي كانت زيارة مخطط لها وأمضيت يومين أو ثلاثة هناك، أما الزيارة التالية فكانت عبارة عن وقفة سريعة في المطار، خرجت من الطائرة وذهبت إلى مكان ما…

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STL single-user theory has holes, but still sound: witness

On his final day of answering prosecutors’ questions at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, expert witness John Edward Philips again traced the appearance of anomalies in the “single-user analysis” theory. In doing so he pointed out cases in which calls were placed between several phones attributed to the same individual. The single-user theory proposed by the prosecution suggests that phones linked to the planning of the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others did not necessarily each have distinct, separate users but a group of handsets were used by each of the suspected conspirators.…

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