Hani Hammoud testifies in front of the STL in the Hague, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Hezbollah tried to caution Hariri against angering the Syrians prior to his assassination, according to members of the defense counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Defense attorney Iain Edwards quizzed Hariri's former media advisor Hani Hammoud about two meetings in which high-ranking members of Hezbollah told a journalist that Hariri was "crazy" to cross the Syrians. Five Hezbollah members have been accused of plotting the blast that killed Hariri and 21 others on Feb. 14, 2005 .The defense also advanced a theory it has raised before: that jihadis, possibly working in conjunction with Syrian authorities, killed Hariri.In a written statement submitted to the U.N. investigators charged with investigating Hariri's murder, Hammoud said that former Information Minister Elias Murr believed he had thwarted a previous attempt on the prime minister's life.
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