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With the Special Tribunal for Lebanon concluding proceedings for the year last week, those involved in the case say much has been achieved but there's a long way to go. The Tribunal was established in 2009 after the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission – created to investigate the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – concluded its work. However, STL spokesperson Wajed Ramadan told The Daily Star that 2016 had seen "significant progress".She particularly highlighted the advancement of the prosecution in laying out the second phase of its case. The paper has a record of being opposed to the tribunal.At the opening of the Tribunal, the prosecution identified three main areas it aimed to focus on throughout the trial.The second aims to present evidence of the preparation of the attack by the five men being tried.Roux pointed out how the procedures established for the Tribunal, which follows a "common law" framework and differs from the system commonly used in the Lebanese justice system and the nature of the prosecution's case, has contributed to the lengthiness of proceedings.Once the prosecution completes the presentation of its evidence, the defense has the option to put in a request calling for the Tribunal to recognize that the prosecution has not succeeded in providing convincing evidence of the guilt of the accused.
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