The STL headquarters in The Hague. (The Daily Star/Kareem Shaheen)
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With the long-awaited trial set to resume Wednesday, experts and analysts said the Special Tribunal for Lebanon would carry on with its mandate, despite losing some of its momentum in a political arena wracked by regional and local crises.The delay was the latest obstacle in a trial that has been nine years in the making, prompting fears of a loss of momentum for the court.But the proceedings would go on, and delays were sometimes necessary in international courts, analysts said. Karlijn van der Voort, an international criminal law expert who closely monitors the STL and who worked on cases at the International Criminal Court, as well as the Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia war crimes tribunals, said delays could affect the court's relevance, but were expected. Hezbollah accuses the court of being part of a U.S.-Israeli plot.
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