1. Street where former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed in a blast in 2005
2. Sign reading (Arabic) "Place of the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri and his comrades"
3. Statue commemorating the assassination
4. Various of Hariri''s grave
5. Close up of Hariri''s photograph
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mohammad Kabbani, Member of Parliament:
"We are on the start of a new stage which is the tribunal is going to start its work. Up till now we were only having accusations. The trial will start soon. We are backing the tribunal as we did always and we think that it will reach the fact and it will also reach justice."
7. Kabani walking away
8. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Mohammad Faisal, Bierut resident:
"We are supporting the indictment decision and if they are strong enough (refers to Lebanese government) they must arrest the four men."
HANDOUT (SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON WEBSITE)
9. STILL of Assad Sabra, suspect
10. STILL of Hassan Oneissi, suspect
11. STILL of Mustafa Badreddine
12. STILL of Salim Ayyash
++PLEASE NOTE AL MANAR IS CONTROLLED BY HEZBOLLAH++
"The text in our hands now is based on conclusions and analysis and not on clear evidence. It''s based on circumstantial evidence and is not credible. What we are hearing from the public makes us more convinced that it''s based on politicisation and injustice and accusations. And those honourable resistance fighters should not be called charged, but unjustly treated."
15. Wide of audience
FILE: Beirut, Lebanon - 14 February 2005
16. Various of immediate aftermath at the blast scene
SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON
17. Various of pages of Indictment document issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
A long-awaited international indictment unsealed on Wednesday offers no direct evidence linking four Hezbollah suspects to the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, despite years of painstaking investigations.
The indictment, which relies heavily on circumstantial evidence such as telephone records to link the men to the crime, played into efforts by the powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah to discredit a case that has consumed and divided Lebanon for more than six years.
"The text in our hands now is based on conclusions and analysis and not on clear evidence," Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech in Beirut on Wednesday.
"Those honourable resistance fighters should not be called charged, but unjustly treated," he added.
Much of the information contained in the indictment had been leaked to the media over the past two years, which Nasrallah said was a sign that the probe was tainted beyond repair.
Lebanon''s most powerful political and military force, Hezbollah has vowed never to turn over the suspects, although a trial may be held in absentia.
The suicide truck bomb that killed Hariri on 14 February 2005 was one of the most dramatic political assassinations in the Middle East.
A billionaire businessman, Hariri was Lebanon''s most prominent politician after the 15-year civil war ended in 1990.
In the six years since his death, the investigation has sharpened some of Lebanon''s most intractable issues: the role of Hezbollah, which commands an arsenal far greater than the national army, and the country''s dark history of sectarian divisions and violence.
Hariri was one of Lebanon''s most powerful Sunni leaders; Hezbollah is a Shiite group.
Prosecutors analysed a vast network of telephone records to link the "assassination team" to the suicide truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22
others, according to the 47-page indictment.
Investigators tracked the movements of the suspects using their phones'' locations as recorded by cell phone towers.
The indictment says the records showed "a coordinated use of these phones to carry out the assassination."
According to the records, there was a flurry of calls shortly before Hariri''s murder, but they stopped two minutes before the explosion.
The phones were never used again.
The indictment also says the assassins tracked Hariri''s movements over several weeks to establish the routes and movements of his convoy and the location of his vehicle in it.
On the day of the murder, they detonated some 2,500 kilograms (5,510 pounds) of explosives packed into a Mitsubishi van parked near a hotel along Beirut''s Mediterranean waterfront.
Prosecutors acknowledge in the indictment''s preamble that they have no direct evidence linking the suspects to the attack.
The file relies to a large extent on circumstantial evidence "which works logically by inference and deduction," the indictment said.