A poster depicting Rafik Hariri in Sidon, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Former director of General Security Jamil al-Sayyed said Wednesday that former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's accommodating position toward Syria was the principal reason behind his assassination on Feb. 14, 2005 . During his second day giving evidence at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, he said Hariri had always been disposed to work with Syria.According to Sayyed, this angered the backers of United Nations Resolution 1559, which demanded the exit of "foreign forces" – Syria at the time had a significant presence in Lebanon – from the country.Joumblatt told the tribunal that in August 2004, several months before his assassination, Hariri attended a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, where the latter insisted Hariri support the constitutional amendment to extend Lahoud's term.While Sayyed said it was "not clear" who carried out an attack on Hariri's Future TV in 2003 – despite a subsequent confession from a Syrian intelligence officer in 2005 admitting to the attack – he believed the attempted assassination of politician Marwan Hamadeh in 2004 was a political message from Syria's enemies.
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