Conrad Schlatter, a Swiss chemist and explosives expert, speaks at The Hague. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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An expert witness testified Tuesday that the explosion that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri must have been caused by a roadside bomb.Schlatter said the size of the crater left by the explosion, the damage to surrounding buildings and the nature of the soil below the crime scene all offered clues that pointed to an explosion of 1,000 kilograms of TNT above the ground, killing Lebanon's charismatic former premier.Schlatter said that if the bomb was below ground, a much smaller amount of explosives, about 300 kilograms, would have been needed to produce a crater of the same size. One ton of explosives below ground would have produced a much larger crater than the one left by the Hariri attack. Defense lawyers are set to cross-examine Schlatter Wednesday.
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