A special UN court set up to investigate the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri has begun work today in the Hague.Lebanon is holding seven suspects, including four generals, and prosecutors are expected to call for their transfer to the court. The UN Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien, said: “The special tribunal for Lebanon is distinguished from other international criminal tribunals. An international prosecutor and a Lebanese deputy prosecutor will be heading the investigation and the prosecutions.” Hariri and 22 other people were killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut in February 2005. The UN prosecutor says he will pursue what he calls a principled approach based solely on the facts and will not be swayed by political considerations.
UN probe into Hariri killing begins