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Trial starts for 4 Hezbollah suspects in assassination of Lebanese ex-prime minister Hariri
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:49 AM EST
Nearly nine years after a truck bomb killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others, the trial has started for four Hezbollah suspects accused of plotting the sectarian assassination.
Hariri's son, Saad — like his late father, also a former prime minister — was in The Hague to attend proceedings along with family members of other victims of the Feb. 14, 2005, blast.
But the suspects themselves were absent as Hezbollah has vowed not to arrest them.
Presiding Judge David Re says prosecutors will call hundreds of witnesses in a trial likely to take months.