Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is seen in The Hague, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With the trial in full swing and testimony implicating Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in destabilizing Lebanon ahead of former premier Rafik Hariri's assassination, 2014 was a banner year for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.The court that struggled to bring the devastating assassination to trial nearly a decade after it happened has seen its momentum revived in recent months, pressing forth with political testimony that has refocused attention on the Assad regime's alleged role in the attack. It is unclear, however, if prosecutors may seek to amend the indictment yet again to include additional suspects who are uncovered during, or in parallel with, the trial.Prosecutor Norman Farrell is also expected to finally decide whether or not to shelve the investigations into the "connected cases" – other political assassinations and attempts on the lives of anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians and journalists.Farrell pledged before the start of trial to determine once and for all if he would seek indictments in the cases of Hamade, Hawi and Murr by the end of the year, a timeline that probably extends to the end of the tribunal's fifth year in late February 2015 .
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