BEIRUT: MP Atef Majdalani continued his testimony Wednesday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Echoing statements made by previous witnesses, Majdalani told the court that “there were a number of indicators” that former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s life was in peril in the months leading up to his assassination.
Majdalani cited a conspicuous decrease in the number of ISF personnel guarding Hariri and palpable “tension” between the former Prime Minister and Rustom Ghazaleh, Syria’s intelligence chief in Lebanon at the time, as two such indicators.
Moreover, Hariri had warned his allies about information he received from Europe about “a wave of assassinations” that would take place in Lebanon. Also reiterating comments made by previous witnesses, Majdalani noted that Hariri’s trusted and normally cool-headed bodyguard, Abu Tareq, was “worried, stressed and tense” in the hours leading up to the former prime minister’s assassination on Feb. 14, 2005. Abu Tareq was reportedly shaken after meeting with Ghazaleh the day prior to Hariri’s murder.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 30, 2015, on page 3.