1. Wide shot of panel of judges arriving at beginning of session of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
2. Wide shot of the court room
3. Mid of defence lawyer Emil Aoun UPSOUND ( English ) interpreter (off camera) :
"However today the STL (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) is asked to decide on a resolution which is vitiated with multiple defects that no tribunal has encountered thus far. Not only does it go against certain relevant statements in the UN charter but it is also an abuse of power, of the powers given to the Security Council under the charter. Therefore, whatever ruling this chamber shall hand down will be without precedent."
4. Wide shot of tribunal in session
5. Wide shot of exterior of the STL building
6. Mid shot of the sign outside court
7. Mid shot of Marten Youssef, Spokesman for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
"The prosecution is arguing from a different perspective in that they are arguing (that) yes, it was a threat to international peace and security - that's the February 14, 2005 attack - and also that there is jurisdiction to try those particular attacks. Of course you can imagine the issue is not just about jurisdiction but issue is of legality as well; did the United Nations Security Council have the authority to use Chapter 7 to set up the tribunal - that's one of the questions that's been brought forward. And also, of course, one of the other questions that has been recently brought up by Defence Counsel, Emil Aoun, is that the tribunal was set up in violation of Lebanese sovereignty. So those are issues that were being heard today in court."
Lawyers for the four men indicted by the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon say the court has no right to exist and should dissolve itself.
Lawyer Emile Aoun told judges at the tribunal on Wednesday that the UN Security Council resolution that created the court was an illegal violation of Lebanon's sovereignty.
"Not only does it go against certain relevant statements in the UN charter but it is also an abuse of power, of the powers given to the Security Council under the charter. Therefore, whatever ruling this chamber shall hand down will be without precedent," he told the tribunal.
Aoun is defending the absent suspect Salim Ayyash.
The tribunal was set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a bomb blast that also killed 22 others.
The court has indicted four members of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group - Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra.
Hezbollah, along with its allies, now holds a majority in Lebanon's Cabinet.
Hezbollah denies involvement in Hariri's killing and has refused to extradite the suspects
Marten Youssef, a spokesman for the tribunal, said issues of both the jurisdiction and legality of the court would be brought up at Wednesday's session.