Hariri tribunal offers victims trial role

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 6:57 AM
Hariri tribunal offers victims trial role

A U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is offering victims of the truck bombing that claimed his life the chance to participate in the trial and seek compensation.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has posted an application form on its website allowing those directly affected by the Feb. 14, 2005, bombing to participate in the legal proceedings.

The court said in a statement Tuesday that, "Through this process the voices of victims will be heard."

The move follows the indictment of four members of the Iranian-backed Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah for alleged involvement in the slaying of Hariri and 22 others killed by the truck bomb.

Hezbollah denies involvement and refuses to hand them over.