Walid Jumblatt testifies in front of the STL in the Hague, Monday, May 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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With a flurry of accusations against the Syrian regime, Walid Jumblatt completed his highly anticipated testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday.During his four days on the stand, the Progressive Socialist Party leader repeatedly claimed that Bashar Assad was responsible for Hariri's assassination while simultaneously deflecting blame away from Hezbollah.As ever, Jumblatt executed an intricate and moderately successful political balancing act throughout his testimony. Like other political witnesses who have appeared before the tribunal, Jumblatt made repeated reference to the Syrian "stranglehold" in Lebanon at the time of the former premier's assassination. Defense counsel Yasser Hassan, who represents one of the Hezbollah members accused of plotting to kill Hariri, neatly summed up Jumblatt's testimony during his cross-examination Thursday afternoon.
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