Lebanon tribunal asks for Hariri trial in absentia

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Posted: Oct 17, 2011 11:33 AM
Lebanon tribunal asks for Hariri trial in absentia

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A judge at the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri Monday asked for a trial in absentia without the four fugitive Hezbollah suspects in attendance.

The Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah - which is backed by Iran and Syria - has denied any role in the 2005 bombing which killed Hariri, a billionaire Sunni Muslim politician, and 21 other people on the Beirut seafront.

(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger)