Witnesses testify at Hariri assassination trial

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) opened its fourth trial on Wednesday hearing witnesses' testimonies about the explosion in which former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated in 2005. Al Arabiya reported

Wednesday's hearing began with the prosecution listing the names and brief biographies of the victims.

Two witnesses who lost their brothers in the Hariri assassination gave briefings to the court.

Their brothers worked as Hariri's bodyguards.

The first witness was Saad Eddin Darwish, the brother of Mohammed Darwish who was one of the victims.

Darwish spoke about the grief he felt and the difficulties he faced when he had to find his brother's body.

"The body had no face; all that was left was the skin and the hair of the back of his head. He had no arms or feet, there was only the torso," he added.

The second witness was Mamdouh Tarraf, the brother of victim Ziad Tarraf who was also killed in the explosion.

"We were confused. We did not know what to do. Some told us that my brother has died; other said that he was still alive in a hospital...His body was burned but I was able to identify him from his foot and shoes; He had six toes."

The investigation into the Feb. 14, 2005 truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others has lasted for nine years and first trial session opened in The Hague on Thursday without the suspects.

Prosecutors officially charged four Hezbollah members of masterminding the blast that turned Beirut into a "man-made hell."

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