1. Wide of Saad Hariri, son of late Rafik Hariri and former Prime Minister of Lebanon, approaching the media outside of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saad Hariri, son of late Rafik Hariri and former Prime Minister of Lebanon:
"Our call for justice and punishment will remain, but not revenge and it is not in our dictionary to fight violence with violence."
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saad Hariri, son of late Rafik Hariri and former Prime Minister of Lebanon:
"Protecting the accused in the crime of killing Rafik Al Hariri and his companions and then not handing them over to justice is a crime on top of main crime."
5. Wide of Hariri speaking to media
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Saad Hariri, son of late Rafik Hariri and former Prime Minister of Lebanon:
"This is what we want, justice not vengeance we never seek vengeance and hopefully by the end of this trial we will find out the truth and we will get the justice that we call for in Lebanon."
STL (SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON) POOL
7. Wide of the judges in the court room with a model of the part of Lebanon where explosion happened in the foreground
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Hugh Milne, Prosecutor: ++++partially covered by still images of vehicles destroyed in the blast that killed Rafik Hariri++
"Out of respect for deceased and their families we shall not show now detailed photographs of the injuries which were inflicted upon them. What maybe instructive though is to see the effect of the blast upon the vehicles which have been in the convoy. Vehicle 403, Mr Hariri's car was very badly damaged and subsequently gutted with the fire. Vehicle 404, was torn apart by explosion. What we show here, the fragments on the ground constitute all that was recovered of this vehicle. We show those not out of concern for cars, but because in our submission this explosion was a cruel, cruel act."
The son of Lebanon's former prime minister who was assassinated almost eight years ago insisted on Thursday he was seeking "justice not vengeance" at the trial
of those accused of plotting the killing.
Saad Hariri, whose father Rafik was killed in a truck bombing on February 14, 2005, spoke outside the court where proceedings against four Hezbollah suspects were underway.
The four suspects were absent from the hearing as they have not been arrested.
"It is not in our dictionary to fight violence with violence," Hariri said. "Hopefully by the end of this trial we will find out the truth and we will get the justice that we call for in Lebanon."
A former prime minister of Lebanon, like his father before him, Hariri attended the hearing in the Netherlands along with relatives of other victims of the truck bombing which happened on February 14, 2005.
Shiite group Hezbollah denies involvement in the murder and the group's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has denounced the court as a conspiracy by the U.S. and Israel.
Hariri criticised all those shielding the suspects from justice, calling it "a crime on top of the main crime".
During the proceedings, Alexander Hugh Milne, prosecuting, showed the court photographs of damaged cars which had been part of Rafik Hariri's convoy at the time of the blast.
He said his purpose in showing the mangled wreckage of the vehicles was to demonstrate that Rafik Hariri's assassination has been "a cruel, cruel act".
The presiding judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has said that the trial is likely to take months with hundreds of witnesses called.
Lebanon has a history of political assassinations for which no one has ever been held accountable. In the emotional days following his death, Hariri supporters called for an international investigation, and a U.N.-backed court was established in 2009.