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Hariri court tries to define terrorism

Al Jazeera is reporting on the latest step for the tribunal investigating the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri.  The court handling the case wants to clear up some of the legal groundwork, including how to properly define terrorism.

International lawyers have wrangled for years without arriving at a single definition for the crime of terrorism, but prosecutors and defence lawyers at the tribunal agreed on Monday to apply the definition as stated in Lebanese law, which the tribunal already uses.

[Iain Morley, a lawyer for the prosecution], proposed his own definition of terrorism as an act by which “a substantial section of the public reasonably and significantly fears more than momentarily from the present onward indiscriminate personal harm”.

 

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