File - A pre-trial conference for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Below are answers to a list of frequently asked questions aimed at summarizing the developments at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon since the start of trial in January.A: The trial of four of the suspects began in January. However, a fifth suspect, Hassan Merhi, was indicted last year and his case joined to that of the other four suspects in February. The court's trial chamber postponed the trial until Merhi's court-appointed lawyers had time to prepare their defense and conduct investigations.After the opening statements, several witnesses testified before the court.A number of experts also testified before the court. Merhi's defense counsel, led by the Tunisian lawyer Mohammad Aouini, will deliver a one-hour opening statement.Trial will resume the next day with new evidence being admitted in the case.The court will then hear the testimony of seven witnesses between June 23 and June 27 .
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