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Six years since it was inaugurated, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has made appreciable progress in bringing Rafik Hariri's killers to justice, but the process is nowhere near resolved.The Special Tribunal for Lebanon officially opened in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, four years after a massive bomb tore through Downtown Beirut killing Hariri and 21 others.Just weeks after it was launched, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ordered the release of four Lebanese generals who had been in prison since 2005 for suspected involvement in the Hariri assassination. Nasrallah's declaration proved prescient: The court determined in February 2012 that all efforts to apprehend the four suspects had been exhausted, and that the men would be tried in absentia.As the defense and the prosecution were preparing their case, a pretrial judge decided to confirm an indictment for a fifth Hezbollah suspect, Hassan Merhi, in the summer of 2013 .
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