New prosecutor appointed for Hariri tribunal

February 29, 2012 - 3:35 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran Canadian prosecutor Norman Farrell to be the new prosecutor of the special tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Farrell, currently the deputy prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, will replace fellow Canadian Daniel Bellemare, who has completed his term.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky also announced Ban's appointment Wednesday of International Criminal Court Appeals Judge Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko of Uganda as an appeals judge for the special tribunal. Nsereko replaces the late Italian Judge Antonio Cassese.

Last week, Ban extended the special tribunal's mandate for three years.

Nesirky said Ban reiterated the U.N.'s commitment to uncover the truth regarding the February 2005 terrorist attack that killed Hariri and 22 others.

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