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The Hague: Tribunal to go ahead with Hariri trial


Judges at the United Nations-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri, a former Lebanese Prime Minister, say they will push ahead with the trials of four suspects in their absence.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, sitting in The Hague, has indicted four members of the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah which, along with its allies, now holds a majority in Lebanon's cabinet.

Hezbollah denies involvement in Hariri's killing and has refused to extradite the suspects. Hariri was killed in a bomb blast that also left 22 others dead.