A portrait of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is seen on his grave in downtown Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Defense lawyers for two members of Hezbollah accused of complicity in the Hariri assassination delivered compelling opening salvos in the case Friday, saying the prosecution does not have a "shred of evidence" against their clients and that it was "astonishing" to accuse Hezbollah of carrying out the attack.The defense lawyers said the prosecutor's case was just a theory that did not even answer the question of why Hariri was assassinated.Korkmaz also made the shock revelation that the telecommunications evidence relied on by the prosecution was first discovered by Col. Ghassan Tufaily, an officer who worked in military intelligence under Gen. Raymond Azar, a pro-Syrian general arrested in connection with the assassination and later released.Korkmaz said the prosecutor's investigation should have included the Eid assassination.Korkmaz also revived the theory that members of a cell of 13 extremists, some of who were arrested after the Hariri assassination, may have carried out the attack.Korkmaz said he was pursuing an investigation in the case of the cell, but declined to elaborate.
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