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This is the first in a series of articles leading up to the start of trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the court prosecuting those responsible for the Feb. 14, 2005, attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others.Before Hariri, it was Marwan Hamade.The killing of journalist and intellectual Gebran Tueni in December 2005 prompted the Lebanese government to request the creation of an international tribunal to try those responsible for political assassinations.The party's Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed in a summer news conference in 2010 that the tribunal would indict Hezbollah members.Days later, the court's prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, submitted the first indictment in the Hariri case.Hezbollah's leader rejected the accusations, declaring the court a U.S.-Zionist conspiracy aimed at undermining the resistance. The party would never hand over any of the suspects, he said, and does not recognize the court's legitimacy.
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