Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora speaks at the STL hearing in The Hague, Monday, March 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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Testifying at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora denied any direct involvement in the arrest and subsequent release of four Lebanese generals who were charged in 2005 in connection to Rafik Hariri's assassination.Siniora, who was prime minister at the time the generals were detained, said that he was informed by the judiciary when the decision had been made, brushing off rumors that he had consulted with foreign officials before signing off on the arrests in late August 2005 .On the morning of Aug. 30, 2005, Siniora says he was visited by a United Nations investigator and by the Lebanese prosecutor in charge of the file. Siniora told the court that he had made no effort to interfere with the release of the generals and that the Lebanese judiciary had acted free from political influence.
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