File - A portrait of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is seen on his grave in downtown Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The topic of Ahmad Abu Adass resurfaced at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Monday, as a lawyer for defendant Assad Sabra began cross-examining a prosecutorial analyst about interviews related to the man whom the prosecution alleges was coerced into falsely claiming responsibility for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Milne also refuted Mettraux's equation of his approach with the prosecution's tendering of witness statements, saying no attempt had been made by the defense to establish the reliability of the interviews, and it had not given the prosecution the opportunity to do so.While Abu Adass' acquaintances occasionally acknowledged in their statements that their remarks were based on hearsay, the information Mettraux extracted suggested the man was not a naive 22 year-old, but a Wahhabi who supported violent jihad in Iraq.Mettraux also repeatedly brought up the Al-Ahbash Islamist group, noting clashes between Abu Adass and the Lebanese Sufi organization.Mettraux's questioning of Kamei will continue Tuesday.
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