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The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri begins the trial against four Hezbollah-members indicted of the assassination.
The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group, which currently holds a majority in Lebanon's cabinet, denies any involvement in the attack and has refused to extradite the four.
As a result, the trial will start without suspects in court. The Hariri tribunal is the only international court that has permitted trials in absentia.
Hariri was killed together with 22 others in a bomb explosion on 14 February 2005. He was one of Lebanon's most important Sunni leaders.