Witness testimony resumes at Hariri murder trial

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Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon resumed hearings on Tuesday in a trial over the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The session include testimony from the tenth witness in the case, a brigadier for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces who spoke by teleconference.

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, the presiding judge of the STL, David Re, requested protection measures for an anonymous witness known as “b.ar.ash.565,” who is set to testify on Wednesday.

The blast, which killed 22 people including Hariri nine years ago, occurred just outside the Saint George Hotel in Beirut, leaving a massive crater in the street and destroying vehicles in the vicinity.

Prosecutors are trying four Hezbollah members in absentia over Hariri's assassination. A fifth suspected has also been indicted and is expected to have his cased joined with the other.

Hezbollah has vehemently denied any involvement in the attack, accusing the STL of being a US-Israeli tool set up to discredit the group.

(Al-Akhbar)

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