File - MP Bassem Sabaa arrives at a meeting in Bristol in Hamra, Sunday, July 3, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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As pro-Syrian elements mounted a sustained media campaign to suggest that Hariri was a corrupt confessionalist in the winter of 2005, the former prime minister was eager to stand his political ground, Sabaa testified Tuesday.Finally, literally minutes before Hariri was killed, he posed for a photograph with Sabaa himself.While Hezbollah was closely allied to the Syrian security apparatus operating in Lebanon at the time, the party was not involved in publically smearing, explained Sabaa.While five Hezbollah members have been charged with plotting the bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others in 2005, the prosecution has recently called a series of witnesses who have stressed the fraught relationship between Hariri and the Syrian regime in the months leading up to his assassination.
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