A screenshot shows Sayed speaking during a testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/Video grab)
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Former Director of General Security Jamil al-Sayyed concluded three days of testimony for the defense Thursday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, pointedly refusing to be cross-examined by Nigel Povoas, counsel for the prosecution.Sayyed has previous bad blood with the UNIIIC and the STL prosecution. After stepping down as the head of General Security in April 2005 following the assassination, Sayyed was arrested by Lebanese authorities alongside four other generals. In 2009, when the UNIIIC handed over the investigation to the newly opened STL, Sayyed and his colleagues were released and exonerated.Re added, Sayyed's anger should not have been directed toward the current prosecution team as it had fully replaced that working under the UNIIIC.Thursday's sessions were the third day of Sayyed's testimony for the defense, in which he discussed a meeting held by Lebanese figures opposed to the 2004 extension of Syrian government-backed Emile Lahoud's presidency.
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