Prosecutor Norman Farrell in the courtroom of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands, January 16 , 2014. (REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos)
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"The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is now in session".The air of anticipation mixed with tense expectation at the start of the first session quickly gave way to sorrow as the prosecution took the court on a painful trip down memory lane, back to Feb. 14, 2005, when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a seaside area in central Beirut and killed statesman Rafik Hariri and 21 other people.Delivering the prosecution's opening statement in the case against four Hezbollah members charged in the case, a prosecutor used pictures and footage to retrace Hariri's final movements and those of the rigged van, and evoke the chaos, death and destruction that followed the suicide attack. The images were too much for some inside the courtroom and among those watching on the sidelines.Wearing a black suit, white shirt and a black necktie, Hariri sat quietly at the back of the relatives section of the courtroom throughout the first session.
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