Walid Jumblatt testifies in front of the STL in the Hague, Monday, May 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Angry and disheartened, Rafik Hariri appeared at Walid Jumblatt's house in Clemenceau on Aug. 26, 2004, following a brief and decidedly acrimonious meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.Both Jumblatt and Hariri were vehemently opposed to the constitutional amendment.I wanted to save Rafik Hariri in order to spare him such a physical confrontation".In his first day of testimony at the STL, Jumblatt shared the fears he had for his close friend and ally Hariri, his feelings about the regime that allegedly assassinated his father Kamal Jumblatt, and the "liquidation" of the Syrian agents he believes were connected to the blast that killed Hariri and 21 others in February 2005 . The Druze leader spent a significant amount of time detailing the meeting he had with Hariri following the prime minister's fateful trip to Damascus in August. Jumblatt said he knew all too well how the Assad family dealt with perceived threats.
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