File - The father of late Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan poses for a picture at his home in Tripoli, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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This is the fourth 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.Hasan appears imposing, his military salute unperturbed.But the general's father, Adnan, sounds heartbroken and frail, his black winter hat shielding him from the cold. There has been no apparent progress in his son's case. The former Lebanese intelligence chief was killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut's Ashrafieh neighborhood in October 2012, the first assassination of a Lebanese figure since the Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh's killing in Damascus in 2008 .But his son's case languishes in obscurity more than a year after the bombing and just a week before trial of the Hariri case begins. Adnan said he was told by President Michel Sleiman that he had proposed referring Hasan's assassination to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is prosecuting the Feb. 14, 2005, bombing that claimed Hariri's life, but that the option had been rejected by the Cabinet.
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