File - Former head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon, General Rustom Ghazali, attends a military ceremony in Rayaq in the eastern Bekaa Valley, April 26, 2005. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ
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Buried on Saturday one month after reportedly suffering a beating at the hands of another Syrian officer, Ghazaleh left behind myriad questions about his possible role in former premier Rafik Hariri's murder.Ghazaleh is just the most recent Syrian official tied to the Hariri assassination to meet an unnatural demise.While five Hezbollah members have been charged with plotting the blast which killed Hariri and 21 others on Feb. 14, 2005, the tenor of witness testimony has shifted toward accusing, if tacitly, the Syrian regime of involvement in the assassination.While he was never indicted or directly implicated in Hariri's assassination, Ghazaleh emerged as a central figure in the Hariri assassination plot following a United Nations investigation. Ghazaleh was reportedly interviewed by United Nations investigators in Vienna in 2005 about the Hariri assassination. Ghazaleh's death leaves one less witness able to testify about the Syrian regime's alleged involvement in the assassination.
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