Defence counsel for Mustafa Badreddine in The Hague, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The lawyer for defendant Mustafa Badreddine sought to recast the jewelry chain owned by Sami Issa, whom the prosecution alleges is an alias for his client, as a legitimate business, as he cross-examined one of Issa's former employees at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday.He was unable to address basic questions related to profitability, overseas branches, credit card systems, and security equipment raised by defense lawyer Iain Edwards.The witness also knew little about his employer's personal life. He presumed Issa came from abroad, as he seemed to lack familiarity with parts of Beirut and other areas. He noted that a colleague closer to the secretive man had said Issa previously lived overseas. However, Edwards led the witness to admit he could not definitively deny the existence of overseas branches simply because he had no evidence of them.As the witness recalled Samino had made several high-profile gifts, including a diamond necklace to the pageant's winner, Edwards argued that a business owner would not invest money in sponsorships for fun, but to promote his company.
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