Prosecutor Norman Farrell is seen 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 opened its second day of deliberations Friday, with the prosecution further outlining the telecoms evidence it relied on to identify five Hezbollah suspects being tried over the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.The team also offered portraits of Abu Adass, the man the prosecution says appeared in a false claim of responsibility for the Feb. 14, 2005 killing, and Mustafa Badreddine, who the prosecution described as a "ghost" and "apex" of the hierarchy of the assassination team.Also Friday, lawyer Peter Haynes introduced all the victims present in the courtroom including Hariri's son – former Prime Minister and Future Movement leader Saad Hariri -- in an emotional and moving description of the damage wrought on their lives by the attack.The prosecution began the proceedings, attended by seven of the victims, by elaborating on an alleged false claim of responsibility in which a man named Abu Adass took credit for the bombing on behalf of a fictitious group called Nusra and Jihad in Greater Syria.The prosecution said Abu Adass was most likely dead.Haynes introduced victims whose families bore the scars of psychological distress after the attack.
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