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1. Nicola Lettieri, presiding Judge, opening the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)
2. Wide shot of STL court room
3. Close-up on the accused Karma Al Khayat, Al-Jadeed television journalist
4. Wide shot of presiding judge Nicola Lettieri
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kenneth Scott, Prosecutor in case against Al Jadeed and Karma Al Khayat: ++PART OVERLAID++
"What this case is really about, your Honour, what this case is really about, is a media company and its management that wanted a big scoop by high profile sensational so called exclusive, and they were were willing to do whatever it took to get it. We want a scoop and by gosh we will do whatever it takes to get it."
6. Mid of Al Khayat and her lawyer Karim Khan
7. Wide of court room and team of prosecution
8. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Karma Al Khayat, accused journalist:
"I will give a last example; prosecutor Norman Ferrell ( Ayyash case) is allowed to put in danger the lives of innocent Lebanese citizens by presenting their phone numbers directly here at the beginning and the opening of the public prosecution. Those numbers are broadcast on all Lebanese television channels and accuses them of killing the prime minister Hariri. We in Al Jadeed will prove that those numbers are wrong. You have recognised that a fatal error was made and that's possible for you but nobody renders you (the prosecution) accountable for that, based on article 60, but you tell us that we block normal administration justice. So you are saying that we do things that we are not allowed to do, what kind of justice is that? Who holds you responsible for your mistakes. Is our world today, a world that dictatorial prevails."
9. Wide of court room
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Karim Khan, Lawyer representing Al Jadeed and Karma Khayat:
"Your Honour, one can engage in all kinds of mental gymnastics, but when one eliminates various possibilities, puts together the evidence of CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation), La Figaro and Der Spiegel, we say beyond the doubt there is a proper basis to conclude there are leaks from this court that the prosecutor has ignored and looked away from. Instead it's a very much a case of shoot the messenger."
11. Mid of court room
12. Wide of judge leaving court ++mute shot++
Leidschendam, Netherlands - 16 April 2015
13. Exterior of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
14. Mid of arrivals
15. Wide exterior of building where tribunal is taking place
A Lebanese television network has gone on trial in the Netherlands for releasing the identities of witnesses linked to the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Al-Jadeed television, and journalist Karma Khayat, have pleaded not guilty to charges of contempt of court for making the names public.
The court session begins for the day at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands.
Lebanese television network Al-Jadeed Television is on trial, accused of obstructing justice in the long-running probe into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The network and its deputy news director, Karma Khayat, pleaded not guilty to charges of contempt of court for releasing identities of confidential witnesses.
Prosecuting, Kenneth Scott, says: "What this case is really about, your Honour, what this case is really about, is a media company and its management that wanted a big scoop by high profile sensational so called exclusive, and they were were willing to do whatever it took to get it. We want a scoop and by gosh we will do whatever it takes to get it."
Some legislators and public figures in Lebanon have expressed solidarity with the network in recent days, with some Lebanese journalists describing the case as an attack on media freedom.
Khayat could face up to seven years in prison and 100,000 Euros (106,992 US dollars) in fines if convicted. The network would also face up to 100,000 Euros (106,992 US dollars) in fines.
Speaking to the court, Khayat denounced the legal system, saying there was one rule for them and another for everyone else.
The network is accused of publishing a list of prosecution witnesses in the Hariri case in 2012, which the tribunal has said could compromise the proceedings and undermine trust in the court's ability to protect confidential witnesses.
The 2005 suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others was one of the Middle East's most dramatic political assassinations.
Four Hezbollah members were charged in 2011 but have not been arrested, and are being tried in absentia at the U.N. court.
The trial began 15 months ago, and is ongoing.
Hezbollah denies involvement, and the group's leader has denounced the court as a conspiracy by the U.S. and Israel.
Karim Khan, the Lawyer representing Al Jadeed and Karma Khayat says the network is being unfairly targeted.
"Your Honour, one can engage in all kinds of mental gymnastics, but when one eliminates various possibilities puts together the evidence of CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation), La Figaro and Der Spiegel, we say beyond the doubt there is a proper basis to conclude there are leaks from this court that the prosecutor has ignored and looked away from. Instead it's a very much a case of shoot the messenger."
Al-Jadeed is a secular TV station based in Beirut and a pioneer in revealing corruption cases in Lebanon.
It has angered political groups in the past as well as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
It's one of Lebanon's most popular TV stations, airing live speeches and political news conferences.
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