Defense lawyers before the U.N.-backed court probing former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri’s murder sought Wednesday to have the tribunal’s creation declared illegal and unfit to judge their clients. Lawyers for Salim Ayyash — one of four men wanted for trial in connection with Hariri’s car bomb death in 2005 — asked "the trial chamber to find that the establishment of the court was not legal." "As a result, the trial chamber does not have the jurisdiction to hear the indictment brought against Mr. Ayyash and his co-accused," they said in papers filed before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). [Link]