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In a 2012 report, Al-Jadeed unlawfully disclosed the personal details of the witnesses in the trial of the Hezbollah members accused of having participated in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Today, Nashabe is counsel in the Special Tribunal's defense office. Yet the court for which he works is about to put on trial a journalist and media outlet for endangering witnesses – pretty much what Nashabe accused Mehlis of doing a decade ago. For the German former prosecutor, there was never much doubt that the Syrian regime was behind Hariri's murder, and the witness statements Mehlis took down in 2005 supported this view.However, Mehlis always insisted he had based his findings on much more than the testimony of these witnesses.It's strange how nobody ever asked what had happened to the testimony gathered by Mehlis, as Brammertz wasted time for two years without bothering to seriously expand his investigation to Syria. Mehlis interviewed Syria intelligence officers and sought to take down Bashar Assad's witness statement, which the Syrians refused. That is why Farrell has taken the trial in Syria's direction, bringing to the witness stand individuals who could help consolidate a case for Syrian involvement in the Hariri assassination.If the trial redirects toward Syrian involvement, the party could argue that it is innocent.
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