Hariri speaks to the media ahead of the closings arguments in the STL in the Hague, the Netherlands Tuesday. Bas Czerwinski/Pool via REUTERS
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The second day of closing arguments in the Rafik Hariri assassination trial took a sharp turn with the prosecution attributing crime-affiliated phones to the accused suspects, as premier-designate Saad Hariri reiterated his support for the proceedings. Hassan Merhi, Hussein Oneissi, Assad Sabra and Salim Ayyash are being tried in absentia for their alleged roles in a Feb. 14, 2005, Beirut bombing assassinating Rafik Hariri and killing 21 others.Accordingly, the prosecution and defense have relied on circumstantial evidence – in this case, cellular data – to make their cases.According to the prosecution, these phones were used largely for personal purposes, but in some instances were also linked to incriminating activity.The prosecution has argued that the contacts and SMS messages saved in the personal purple phones, as well as the geographic movements of all phones – including those within the covert network – help to pin the phones to the accused suspects.The prosecution concluded Wednesday's hearing by summarizing their case linking Ayyash to several covert phones.
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