File - A view of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon building in The Hague. (The Daily Star)
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The trial of five members of Hezbollah accused of conspiring to kill former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will resume June 18, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon confirmed Thursday, as Lebanese lawmakers lodged the first formal protest against the court's controversial decision to prosecute local journalists.The court's decision came as Lebanese lawmakers formally protested the controversial prosecution of journalists at Al-Jadeed TV, saying the STL had usurped the legislature's powers and hinting that the court should drop contempt charges against the television station and its top editor.It was unclear which MPs had jointly approved the letter, which was filed before the contempt judge at the STL, Nicola Lettieri.MPs can file "amicus curiae" submissions, which are statements by so-called "friends of the court" who wish to weigh in about proceedings.Judge Lettieri said Amin's actions would be interpreted as a plea of not guilty and ordered the court's Defense Office to appoint a lawyer to represent the journalist.
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