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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has dealt well with victims' family members throughout its investigation into the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, a victimology expert testified Friday – but there's frustration regarding the tribunal's speed. Dr. Rianne Letschert is rector magnificus at the University of Maastricht and a specialist in victimology – the study of the victims of crime and the psychological effects of their experience. Letschert interviewed people categorized as victims by the tribunal – those who were hurt or lost family members in the bombing – and wrote a report detailing the experiences of these individuals.Feeling empowered was important, Letschert explained, because many of the victims were facing a vast range of problems.
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