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Lawyers of Hezbollah suspects begin defense at STL

  • Head of the Defense Office, Francois Roux, speaks before the Appeals Chamber in a public hearing in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)

THE HAGUE: The defense team for two of the five Hezbollah suspects indicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri began Monday delivering opening statements at the Special Tribunal of Lebanon in The Hague.

The third day of deliberations at the court in the Netherlands will offer the defense team representing Mustafa Badreddine and Hussein Oneissi the opportunity to challenge the prosecution’s narrative in the trial, the first to include charges of terrorism.

The prosecution alleges Badreddine was the “apex” of the team accused of killing Hariri and has described him as a “ghost” with at least two identities.

Among other charges, Oneissi is accused of orchestrating a false claim of responsibility for the bombing.

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