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A judge at the U.N.-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has refused to expand the indictment against four members of the Hezbollah Shiite militia charged in the truck bombing.

Prosecutors had sought to add a count of criminal association to charges including homicide and terrorism.

The court announced Friday that a pretrial judge rejected the request March 13 on "procedural grounds." It did not elaborate.

Hariri and 22 others died in a huge truck bomb blast on Beirut's Mediterranean sea front on Feb. 14, 2005.