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Tuesday, October 04, 2005 

Hariri trial to take place outside Lebanon

Detlev Mehlis, the UN investigator in Lebanon, has reportedly recommended that the trial into the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri should take place outside the country.

He wants to see a Lebanese court sitting outside Lebanon - just like the Lockerbie trial, where Scottish judges sat in a court in The Hague.

He wants to ensure that the defendants will see the trial as fair - rather than a domestic witch hunt against a rival group. And that witnesses can feel safe.

He'll also be concerned about the recent political insecurity - on Saturday there was a murder attempt on a judge in Northern Lebanon.

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