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UN prosecutor defends indictment for Hariri tribunal

International mediators are stepping up the attempts to diffuse the deepening crisis in Lebanon.

The government in Beirut has collapsed after a fierce row about who assassinated Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, in 2005.

Some Lebanese fear a new civil war is brewing.

The chief prosecutor of the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon has defended the indictment that he has just issued for murder, which is believed to name members of Hezbollah, a powerful military force in Lebanon.

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports from Beirut.

  • 18 Jan 2011