Ghaleb al-Shamaa, one of Hariri's oldest friends and close advisers, speaks at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon at the Hague, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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Shamaa, who continued his second day of testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, said that Syrian intelligence chief Rustom Ghazaleh received more than $10 million in cash from Hariri between 1993 and 2005 .In the decade before Hariri's assassination, a safe at the former premier's residence Qoreitem palace was opened at the beginning of each month and a sum of $67,000 destined for Ghazaleh was taken out, Shamaa told the U.N.-backed tribunal charged with investigating the Hariri's murder in 2005 . Ghazaleh would often demand additional ad hoc sums during the month, sometimes more than $100,000, which Hariri always obliged. Shamaa insisted that the money Hariri paid to Ghazaleh was not a payoff or a bribe.
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