Conspiracies, false witnesses, flaming rhetoric and meddling outsiders have characterized the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon in recent months.
But this is nothing new for another international criminal tribunal that has seen it all before -- the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Like Lebanon, the Yugoslav court also witnessed personal campaigns against tribunal prosecutors, threats to domestic funding and accusations of excessive spending.
All said and done, after 17 years, the court has indicted 161 people and concluded proceedings against 124. It managed to weather the political gantlet and continues to carry out its mandate, successfully prosecuting presidents, cabinet members and military commanders.
Although the two tribunals vary in mandate and the scale of their missions, the story of the Yugoslav court can serve as an example of the resilience of international criminal courts of this type, but also a warning.