A tribunal has been convened at the The Hague more than 4 years after Hariri was killed in a massive car bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005. The bomb had detonated as Hariri’s motorcade passed through the seaside district of Corniche. The bomb itself contained hundreds of pounds of explosives and it left buildings shattered and streets littered with the mangled wreckage of the vehicles. The blast killed 22 other people.
The Tribunal will have 11 judges, 4 of whom will be Lebanese. Four senior generals have been held over the killing, but the United States and the U.N. investigators believe that Syria ordered the assassination, even though this is denied by Syria.
The killing sparked widespread protests that led to the eventual withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon (followed by the build up of Hezbollah the Syrian puppet organization) and the election of the anti-Syrian bloc in parliament.
The U.N. investigators who were tasked to find the killers of Hariri found links between the Syrian government and Hariri’s asassination.
The U.N. says that the case is expected to be ready for trial by 2010.