File - A pre-trial conference for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Defense lawyers for Assad Sabra, a member of Hezbollah allegedly involved in the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri, have complained that Lebanon is withholding crucial information that could exonerate their client, a step that could lead to Lebanon's referral to the U.N. Security Council.The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is tasked with investigating the Feb. 14 bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others and plunged Lebanon into political turmoil.Defense lawyers say Lebanon has not responded to seven requests for information that could be crucial to exonerating Sabra, one of the five suspects identified by the court.Alfa failed to provide telecommunications data sought by the defense.The tribunal's president can then try to compel Lebanon to accept the court's demands.The Security Council may also decide not to penalize Lebanon, undermining the court's authority.The defense's lawyers have complained for months over Lebanon's failure to help them make their case defending the Hezbollah suspects named in the indictment.
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