A man lights candles near a statue of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri during a vigil in front of the Government House in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The trial of the alleged assassins of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri appears to be in safe hands, said legal experts who were reassured by the high standards displayed at the opening session of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.The veteran Lebanon-based lawyers who spoke to The Daily Star praised what they called the judges' "professionalism," which they said boosted the tribunal's credibility.Nader said he had watched the trial on TV and had the impression that, "armed with professionalism and well-documented files, the tribunal would be able to achieve justice and reveal the truth.The party has refused to hand over the five Hezbollah members indicted by the tribunal.Referring to criticism of the STL by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies, Baroud said the tribunal had to buttress the trial's procedures by answering skeptics' reservations.In order for the tribunal to dispel doubts about its work, Baroud said, it must provide "a firm answer" on the truth behind Hariri's assassination and those responsible for this.
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