UN-backed Hariri tribunal fines manager of Lebanese TV

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Posted: Sep 28, 2015 11:55 AM
UN-backed Hariri tribunal fines manager of Lebanese TV

BEIRUT (AP) — A special U.N.-backed tribunal on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri fined Monday the manager of a local TV station for not removing information about identities of confidential witnesses in the long-running probe.

The Netherlands-based court ruled earlier this month, that Al-Jadeed TV's deputy director, Karma Khayat, was guilty of failing to remove information about the witnesses from the network's website and YouTube once she was asked by the court to do so.

Judge Nicola Lettieri said on Monday that Khayat will have to pay 10,000 euros ($11,195) before the end of October.

Outside the TV's offices in Beirut, dozens of people gathered in solidarity with the station.

"I am happy," Khayat told The Associated Press shortly after the news of the fine came out, adding that she still maintained it was unfair to fine her.

The 2005 suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others was one of the Middle East's most dramatic political assassinations. The trail began last year near the Hague, the Netherlands, and is still ongoing.

Five Hezbollah members were charged in 2011 but have not been arrested, and are therefore being tried in absentia by the U.N.-backed court. Hezbollah denies involvement, and the group's leader has denounced the court as a conspiracy by the U.S. and Israel.

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This story has been corrected to show that the Netherlands-based court ruled on the case earlier this month, not in August.