Walid Jumblatt testifies in front of the STL in the Hague, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The Syrian regime likely decided to execute Rafik Hariri after a tense meeting between the former prime minister and Bashar Assad in August 2004, Walid Jumblatt told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Tuesday.Immediately after the assassination attempt on Marwan Hamade in October 2004, Hariri called Jumblatt from Paris.But after months of impasse, Jumblatt told the court that Hariri began to feel sense an "imminent danger". Six days before he was assassinated, Hariri told Jumblatt about his concerns. Rifaat Assad is the brother of late Syrian President Hafez Assad and the uncle of Bashar Assad.Jumblatt said he was struck that Khaddam linked the attempt on his own life, allegedly by a member of the Syrian presidential family, to the assassination attempt on Hamade.Throughout the day, Jumblatt repeated on numerous occasions that both he and Hariri had been opposed to Security Council Resolution 1559 . At the August meeting between Assad and Hariri in 2004, the Syrian president made an apparent allusion to 1559 and threatened Hariri.
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