Special Tribunal for Lebanon Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen has set a timeline for the submission of preliminary motions challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal, announced the STL in a statement on Monday. “In order to ensure the preparation of a fair and expeditious trial, Fransen convened a status conference on April 12, 2012,” it said.

“He decided that any preliminary motions challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction must be filed by May 4, 2012,” added the statement. The deadline to submit other preliminary motions will be decided in due course. [Naharnet]