Hariri court holds hearing to discuss law issues

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 7, 2011 12:16

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Lawyers and judges at a UN-backed tribunal are trying to thrash out the question of what constitutes an act of terrorism, and other legal issues, as they prepare to prosecute suspects for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

A hearing at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is aimed at clarifying laws the court will apply to those allegedly responsible for the truck bomb that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut on Feb. 14, 2005.

Tribunal President Antonio Cassese of Italy said Monday's hearing shows that Lebanon "is set on a course for judicial accountability through the rule of law."

Prosecutors last month filed a sealed indictment to a judge who will take up to 10 weeks studying the charges and evidence before deciding whether the case can proceed.


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