File - Former Justice Minister Charles Rizk speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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This is the second part 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.Rizk, who was the tribunal's chief Lebanese architect, discussed the court's creation, some of its key features, the political atmosphere at the time, Hezbollah's attitude toward the court and the tribunal's legacy in Lebanon in a one-hour interview with The Daily Star.The judges would be mostly international, but Lebanese judges would also be appointed.This prompted the Lebanese government to seek the court's creation through the Security Council.After the tribunal's opening, the accusations against the Syrian regime shifted to the four men indicted by the court, a development that was criticized including by the tribunal's supporters, who felt that those who ordered the Hariri assassination were not being held to account.That hostile Cabinet, Rizk said, funded the tribunal three times.
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