Daniel Bellemare

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Daniel Bellemare (born 1952) is a Canadian prosecutor. After retiring from a long career in the Canadian legal system, Bellemare was named as a prosecutor for the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Canadian legal career[edit]

Bellemare holds a Law degree from the University of Ottawa and completed a Masters of Law at the University of Montreal. He was called to the bar in the province of Quebec in 1976. He has served in various Canadian government positions, including Deputy Attorney General and Special Adviser to the Deputy Minister of Justice.[1] He is also the longest-serving head of the Federal Prosecution Service in Canadian history.[2] Bellemare was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General in 2003.

UN career[edit]

Bellemare was assigned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as the commissioner for the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) in September 2008, replacing Serge Brammertz of Belgium. In March 2009, he was named chief prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, mandated with solving the 2005 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.[3] Bellemare's performance with the S.T.L. was criticized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in a November 2010 report.[4] The prosecutor was also quoted in the 2010 Wikileaks United States diplomatic cables leak scandal, where he expressed reservations with the U.S. Governments' approach to the Hariri investigation in a 2008 cable, saying "if the US doesn't help me, who will?" [5]


Bellemare has published several law-related works in French. How to Testify in Court: The Police Officer's Testimony (1985) has been translated to English.


  1. ^ "Secretary-general names Canada's Daniel Bellemare commissioner of international independent commission, prosecutor of Special Tribunal for Lebanon". United Nations Secretary General. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Ayed, Nahlah (2 February 2009). "Will the Canadian get his man?". CBC News. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Daniel A. Bellemare - Biography". Special Tribunal for Lebanon (U.N.). Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  4. ^ Potter, Mitch (Nov 21, 2010). "UN had evidence linking Hezbollah to murder of Lebanese PM: CBC". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ "WikiLeaks reveals frustrations over UN Hariri probe". The National. Dec 10, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-04.