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Michael Young believes the Hariri trial was central to Syrian regime fears well into the revolt

Michael Young will always believe the Hariri trial – despite its many flaws, disappointments, manipulations, miscarriages of Justice and its mission etc – is the center of the world. Here he strangely says that killings of top intel heads in Syria from 2011 until now may have been related to Assad-family fears of the STL! I think they have long had bigger fish to fry than the STl…

“…Jameh Jameh, Ghazaleh’s deputy for Beirut when he was military intelligence chief in Lebanon, was killed in Deir al-Zor in 2013, reportedly by a sniper. Assef Shawkat, Assad’s late brother-in-law and the overall Syrian military intelligence chief when Hariri was assassinated, was killed in a bomb blast at a meeting of senior Syrian security figures in July 2012.

While it may be impossible to determine if these deaths were related to the Hariri affair, in practical terms they may have severed ties between the Syrian regime and the assassination, because military intelligence was at the heart of Syria’s Lebanon policy. With the Assad regime worried that the prosecution could expand its indictments and call Syrian officials to testify, wiping the slate clean may be advisable. In the months ahead we will see what Farrell does. But for now Khayat’s trial shows that the special tribunal is gaining in confidence and perhaps moving forward…”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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