File - The Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier (LtoR) in the courtroom of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands, January 16 , 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters
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Nearly four years after the first hearing in the case of Rafik Hariri's assassination, the prosecution, defense and victims' representatives will give their closing arguments Tuesday – the final step before a verdict. The prosecution at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, lead by Norman Farrell, will begin, summarizing its case against four Hezbollah-affiliated individuals for their roles in orchestrating the 2005 bombing that killed the former prime minister and 21 other people.Both parties have relied heavily on cellphone records, which the prosecution alleges belong to the accused.While a strong connection has been made between Hariri's assassination and Hezbollah, Farrell has stated on several occasions Hezbollah as an organization was not on trial, but solely the four individuals.Though it seems that Lebanon will finally get its answer – over 13 years after the country was severely destabilized – an STL spokesperson noted that the closing arguments would not be the end just yet.Closing arguments are set to begin Tuesday at 11 a.m. Beirut time, and will be streamed online with a 30-minute delay.
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