File - Prosecutor Norman Farrell speaks at the court in the Hague, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The prosecutor at the court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri struck a confident tone less than a week before the start of the historic terrorism trial, saying the evidence his team gathered presents a "compelling case" that will withstand the court's scrutiny.The prosecutor, who has rarely spoken publicly on the case since assuming office, was referring to evidence gathered on five Hezbollah suspects accused of complicity in the Hariri attack, which includes large amounts of telecom data.Farrell also said he was keen to pursue indictments in the connected cases under his mandate.Farrell hinted that the assassination of Captain Wissam Eid, an ISF officer whose work was instrumental in the Hariri case and who was killed after assisting U.N. investigators, was of interest to the tribunal.Farrell also hinted that he had looked into and discarded the possibility of Israeli involvement in the assassination, a claim made repeatedly by Hezbollah.When asked if he probed the possibility of Israeli involvement, Farrell said he had conducted a complete review of the case upon his arrival at the STL, including assessing all theories of who may be involved in the Hariri assassination.
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