THE HAGUE - The trial in absentia of the four suspects accused of killing Lebanese statesman Rafiq al-Hariri opened in The Hague on Thursday, nine years after the bomb attack in which the former prime minister and 21 others died.

The four suspects - members of the militant Hezbollah movement - are accused of planning the 2005 blast on the waterfront in the capital Beirut, which almost tipped the country back into civil war. All four men remain at large.



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