Defense lawyers for Hassan Habib Merhi attend Thursday's hearing at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Aouini was only appointed to represent Merhi in late December, a few months after his indictment, and his team has repeatedly argued that it needs more time in order to defend its client in court.The U.N.-backed tribunal suspended the trial for four months in February after the case of Merhi, who was only indicted last summer, was joined to the other four suspects'.Speaking before trial judges, Aouini criticized prosecutors for failing to provide a motive for the Hariri assassination.Prosecutors read written testimony that was admitted into the evidence at trial, including statements by witnesses who worked in the immediate surroundings of the crime scene which provided details on the immediate aftermath of the explosion.The presiding judge of the trial chamber, David Re, adjourned the hearing until Tuesday, when the court will begin hearing new witnesses.
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