Defense lawyer Antoine Korkmaz. (The Daily Star/STL, handout)
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Defense lawyers have also officially requested to interview Faisal Akbar, the leader of the "cell of 13," a group of radical Islamists with links to both Abu Adass and Al-Qaeda who were arrested in late 2005 and whose leader initially confessed to the Hariri assassination, the lawyer said.Korkmaz said Abu Adass had links to the cell of 13 .Korkmaz revealed that Akbar had delivered confessions to Lebanese investigators in the case, including on the identity of the alleged suicide bomber who carried out the attack. That would be the latest twist in a case where Abu Adass has been alternatively portrayed as a frail and simple man who was abducted by the suspects indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and coerced into the claim of responsibility, and as a member of a shadowy terrorist network involved in the assassination of Hariri.Korkmaz revealed that defense teams had submitted a request to question Akbar.
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