Hani Hammoud testifies in front of the STL in the Hague, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Just weeks before Rafik Hariri was assassinated, two high-ranking Hezbollah officials expressed shock that the former prime minister had refused requests made by the Syrian government, Hani Hammoud told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday.Hammoud arranged for Asaad to meet with Hariri to discuss the encounter.An almost identical interaction between the three men, Asaad, Hammoud and Hariri, was repeated just weeks later after Asaad met with Hussein Khalil, the political aide to Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. After Asaad described the meeting, Hariri politely bid him goodnight, Hammoud recalled.While five Hezbollah members have been charged with plotting the blast which killed Hariri and 21 others on Feb. 14, 2005, the prosecution has suggested that the Syrian regime was also involved in the conspiracy.
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