Hariri Tribunal to proceed with trials in absentia

AP News
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 11:16 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Judges at the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri say they will push ahead with the trials of four suspects in absentia

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has indicted four members of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group which, along with its allies, now holds a majority in Lebanon's Cabinet. Hezbollah denies involvement in Hariri's killing and has refused to extradite the suspects.

Hariri was killed in a bomb blast that also left 22 others dead.

Judges on Wednesday rejected defense arguments that trials without the suspects physically present are a violation of human rights and that the accused have not been properly notified of charges against them.