Trial of four men accused of murder of Lebanese PM underway in The Hague

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Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Photo: Vincent van Zeijst

The trial of four suspects accused of murdering the former Prime Minister of Lebanon is due to get underway on Thursday at a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.

Rafiq Hariri and the 22 others were killed on 14 February 2005 after a massive car bomb exploded as his motorcade passed through central Beirut.

The four men will be tried in absentia after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon determined that all reasonable attempts had been made to inform them of the charges and to bring them before the court.

The indictment charges all four with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act.

The Tribunal is an independent court created at the request of the Lebanese Government, with a mandate issued by the UN Security Council.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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