A picture of Hassan Habib Merhi released by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Prosecutors claimed to have identified one of the "key players" and leaders of the cell that assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as the trial of five members of Hezbollah accused of complicity in the infamous bombing resumed Wednesday.Senior prosecution counsel Graham Cameron described Hassan Habib Merhi, the last suspect to have been indicted by the court, as one of the "key players" in the assassination team that had reached an agreement to assassinate Hariri in the weeks leading up to the Valentine's Day 2005 bombing that killed him and 21 others and plunged Lebanon into political turmoil.Prosecutors began the hearing by recounting the events on the day of the attack.Senior prosecution counsel Alexander Milne offered an account that laid out fresh details aimed at proving that the Hariri attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated an explosives-laden Mitsubishi truck as the premier's convoy drove by.
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