Jan 16, 2014

First day of the trial: OTP opening statement

Today the long-awaited trial against the suspects of the Rafik Hariri assassination of 14 February 2014 will start with the Prosecution's opening statement. The trial is expected to start at 9:30 am in Leidschendam, near The Hague.

The indictment against the four suspects can be found at the STL website.

The trial will be in absentia, in the absence of the accused persons, unique in international law:

"Uniquely in modern international law, the UN's Special Tribunal forLebanon (STL), housed in a former spy agency headquarters on the outskirts of The Hague, is trying the suspects in their absence because the Shia militia Hezbollah has vowed never to arrest them."

Source: The Guardian

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