File - A pre-trial conference for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will allow prosecutors to present evidence on the deterioration of relations between former premier Rafik Hariri and Syrian President Bashar Assad, paving the way for the first courtroom examination of Syria's alleged role in the Hariri assassination.Defense lawyers characterized the admission of the evidence as a "sea change" and major expansion in the scope of the Hariri case, saying prosecutors were now pointing to Syria as being ultimately behind the assassination. In an oral ruling, the trial chamber's Presiding Judge David Re said the court will hear the evidence of MP Marwan Hamade, who survived an assassination attempt in late 2004, on Monday.No Syrian official has ever been charged in connection with the Hariri assassination.
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