File - Newly elected President Emile Lahoud, left, is sworn in by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the Parliament in Beirut Tuesday Nov. 24, 1998. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former President Emile Lahoud and his "clique in the Lebanese-Syrian security apparatus" may have had motive to kill former Prime Minister Hariri, according to a defense lawyer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Referencing excerpts from a report by an unidentified U.N. analyst, defense lawyer Guenael Mettraux suggested that while Hariri's ties with the Syrian regime were on the mend at the time of his assassination, he was on particularly bad terms with then-President Emile Lahoud. Hariri's political ally Bassem al-Sabeh, however, denied knowledge of any rapprochement between the Syrian regime and Hariri.Specifically, Hariri was heartened after a meeting with Walid al-Moallem, who had been appointed as Syria's foreign minister just weeks before Hariri was assassinated.At the meeting, Hariri claimed Emile Lahoud was spying on him.
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