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Lebanese angry at Hariri death trial

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 01:31

Aug 17 - Beirut residents express anger after a trial over the death of former Lebanese Pime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is approved by a United Nations backed court. Simon Hanna reports.

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February 2005 - an explosion tears through the Lebanese capital Beirut, targeting the motorcade of Rafik al-Hariri. Hariri, then prime minister, is killed along with 22 others. Six years later, an investigation into the attack is still ongoing. The Hague based Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued arrest warrants in June for four men who were identified by officials as members of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah. And on Wednesday the UN backed court - which prosecutes under Lebanese law - announced there's enough evidence for a trial over the killings, to proceed. This news has been met with anger on the streets of Beirut, where residents say the indictments will only create more problems. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE CITIZEN, AHMED, SAYING: "They created the indictment to stir up sectarian strife, and this sectarian strife will not succeed. They are giving false information." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED LEBANESE CITIZEN, SAYING: "It's all lies just to bring Hezbollah into the game, no more than that." Hezbollah, both a Shi'ite Muslim political movement and a guerrilla army, has denied any involvement in the killings. Their leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has said that Lebanese authorities would never arrest their members indicted in the case. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Lebanese angry at Hariri death trial

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 01:31