The Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier in the courtroom of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague, the Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos)
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The U.N.-backed court held its first in-absentia hearing at the Hague in the trial of four Hezbollah suspects accused of complicity in the suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 21 other victims.In its first court day, which former Prime Minister Saad Hariri described as historic for Lebanon, the prosecution offered a distressing account of the deadly attack as some of the victims present in the court wept at the horrifying footage.In 2011, the court indicted the four suspects, described as "supporters of Hezbollah," for involvement in the Feb. 14, 2005, attack.The party's leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has said the suspects would never be apprehended.The prosecution also began outlining details of the surveillance of Hariri, showing copies of falsified ID cards allegedly used by the suspects to purchase telephones used by leaders of the assassination cell.The court is likely to proceed next week to presenting some of the prosecution's first witnesses
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