File - The Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier (LtoR) in the courtroom of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands, January 16 , 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday heard the conclusion of testimony from Saadeddine El Ajouz, the owner of the Lebanese telecommunications distributor Power Group. In an aggressive but meandering cross-examination, defense lawyer Guenael Mettraux called Ajouz a liar, and accused him of witness intimidation and outright complicity in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Mettraux, a counselor representing defendant Assad Sabra, questioned Ajouz about the initial investigations of the Lebanese Military Intelligence and Internal Security Forces, who raided his offices and seized documents on two separate occasions in 2005 .Producing call logs, Mettraux alleged Ajouz had telephoned the employee 30 times over the four days between her testimony and subsequent retraction, and had driven her to her interview with officials, waiting for her afterward with a friend who worked in intelligence.Ajouz denied the allegations, arguing the defense's version was fantastical.
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