Hariri trial postponed until May
Hariri was assassinated in Lebanon in 2005 (Courtesy of Al Arabiya)
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Judges at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ordered the delay to allow defense lawyers for the fifth suspect, Hasan Habib Merhi, to prepare after their client's case was merged with that of four other suspects indicted back in 2011.
Merhi is accused of being a leading member of the assassination team that ordered Hariri's killing and of helping orchestrate an alleged false claim of responsibility.
The order was included in a court document published on the tribunal's website discussing the reasons for joining the cases and outlining the roadmap for trial.
The delay could dent the court's momentum less than two months after it opened trial proceedings.
The trial of the first four suspects began last month in absentia at the STL's headquarters in Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague.