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STL Prosecution Links Phones to Accused, Asks why Witnesses Excluded from Evidence

The Prosecution at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Wednesday explained why three cellphones allegedly belong to the Accused Assad Sabra, a supposed member of Hizbullah who is accused along with three other suspects of involvement in the assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri.

Verifying that certain mobile phones and lines belong to each of the Accused is essential seeing as the Prosecution's argument is mainly based on telecom data evidence.

During the session, the Prosecution presented exhibits to explain why three cellphones belong to Sabra, noting that they were in use in the vicinity of his residence and involved communication between the Accused's wife and family members.

Separately, the Prosecution tackled the issue of witness testimonies and asked why they have not been listed as exhibits.

In the afternoon, the Prosecution started explaining exhibits that allegedly link a number of phones to the Accused Salim Ayyash.

The STL is trying four members of Hizbullah for their suspected involvement in Hariri's murder. The court had kicked off sessions dedicated to the closing arguments of the parties on Tuesday.

The sessions will conclude on September 21 after which the Judges will withdraw to deliberate and eventually issue a judgment in due course.

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri attended the first day of the closing statements.

On Tuesday, the Prosecution announced that the Syrian regime was at the heart of the conspiracy that killed Rafik Hariri.

Hizbullah has refused to turn over the four defendants to the tribunal and says it does not recognize the tribunal's authority. The men are being tried in absentia.

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned the tribunal and its backers not to "play with fire" in an August 27 address.

A verdict is not expected until the new year.

Source: Naharnet


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