Security personnel gathered at the site of the explosion which killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others on Feb.14, 2005. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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He said Issa would sometimes visit Syria, but had never given any particular reason for doing so.The witness said that when he first met Issa, he was in his early 20s, as were most of his friends. The witness said that while most of his friends supported Hariri, and were against extending the term of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, Issa took the opposite view.Prosecutors took the witness to a number of other political references he made in text messages to Issa, with whom he communicated heavily in 2004 and the first half of 2005 . Like many of the witnesses who have testified about Issa, they progressively lost touch toward the end of the decade. The witness texted Issa later that month to tell him Hariri's government had resigned.The witness said Issa defended Hariri's position.
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