Italian president of Hariri tribunal resigns

AP News
Posted: Oct 10, 2011 8:21 AM
Italian president of Hariri tribunal resigns

A United Nations-backed tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of Lebanon's former prime minister has announced that its president has resigned, citing unspecified "health grounds."

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said in a statement Monday that respected Italian judge Antonio Cassese announced his retirement Sunday.

Cassese will be replaced by Sir David Baragwanath, a former judge on New Zealand's High Court and Court of Appeal.

The tribunal has indicted four members of Hezbollah for involvement in the 2005 truck bomb assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others.

The Shiite militia's leader has vowed not to surrender them for trial, setting the stage for them to be tried in absentia.