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Although the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been heralded as a watershed moment for international justice, many in the country say they have very little faith in the U.N.-backed court.The trial, which begins Thursday, is set to try four people accused of involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a prominent Sunni leader that enjoyed broad support among different sects and communities.Residents of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh, a cramped majority-Sunni quarter south of Beirut where Hariri's Future Movement is popular, voiced little hope for the tribunal, which has been in the works in various forms for nine years. Pointing to a picture of Hariri on his jewelry store's wall, 36-year-old Ahmad Hable said that being a resident of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh automatically made him a supporter of the Future Movement. Regardless, he said that the trial, which he will follow casually on television, is unlikely to accomplish anything significant. All the evidence gathered by the UNIIIC was transferred to the STL when the tribunal was established in May 2007 . Two years later, the tribunal ordered their release, citing a lack of evidence. Hasan said he would not be following the trial's developments.
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