3. People reading newspaper headlines at the news stand
4. Close of the newspapers with Hariri''s pictures on the front pages
5. Close of the headline
6. Street scenes
LEBANON TV - NO ACCESS LEBANON
Beirut, Lebanon - 17 August 2011
7. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic), Najib Mikati, Lebanese Prime Minister:
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"(The Cabinet) is continuing with the commitment regarding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The international judiciary that published today the indictment in the case of Martyr Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and it was an expected step in the measure taken by the tribunal regarding international investigation in the crime. We call upon for dealing with these developments with national awareness and national responsibility hoping that the international investigation will reveal the truth fully."
Lebanon''s Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged Cabinet''s commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Wednesday, as the UN Tribunal unsealed a long-awaited international indictment in the case of assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
He said that it was an expected step "in the measure taken by the tribunal regarding international investigation in the crime."
"We call upon for dealing with these developments with national awareness and national responsibility hoping that the international investigation will reveal the truth fully," Mikati added.
Mikati spoke at an event organised in honour of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who is on official two-day visit to Lebanon.
The indictment offered no direct evidence linking four Hezbollah suspects to the 2005 assassination of Hariri, despite years of painstaking investigations, the fact highlighted in the many headlines on the fronts of Thursday newspapers.
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.
Much of the information contained in the indictment had been leaked to the media over the past two years, which Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan 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.
Hezbollah has always had serious muscle, but the group has amassed unprecedented political clout in the government, having toppled the previous administration in January when Saad Hariri - who was prime minister at the time - refused to renounce the tribunal investigating his father''s death.
The new premier, Najib Mikati, was Hezbollah''s pick for the post.
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.