Prime Minister Saad Hariri receives families of people who were killed in explosions in Beirut, in his residence at the Hague, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/HO)
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The brothers of two of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's bodyguards became the first witnesses to testify before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, in an emotional opening to the latest phase in the court's work meant to highlight the damage and devastation to the lives of the victims in the attack.Their testimony was followed by the first expert witness in the case who analyzed CCTV footage that showed the Mitsubishi Canter van the prosecution claims was used in the attack approaching the blast site. The prosecution offered a second-by-second review of CCTV footage taken from six cameras in the Suleiman Frangieh tunnel in Downtown Beirut as well as from a single CCTV camera mounted on an outward-facing corner of the Phoenicia Hotel.However, there does not appear to be any CCTV footage of the Mitsubishi Canter van at the moment of the explosion, despite extensive surveillance in the area and the van's proximity to the Monroe Hotel, which faced the scene of the attack. The prosecution did not indicate that it possessed CCTV footage from the Monroe Hotel.
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