Former MP Ghattas Khoury.
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Khoury went on to describe the "atmosphere of [Syrian] heavy-handedness" that prevailed in Lebanon from the end of 2004 to Hariri's assassination on February 14, 2005 .Khoury's testimony is part of the "political evidence" being presented before the U.N.-backed tribunal tasked with prosecuting those responsible for killing Hariri and 21 others in a massive bombing.In early February 2005, just two weeks before Hariri's assassination, the so-called Bristol group called for the total withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, Khoury said.In his testimony Friday, Khoury emphasized that while Hariri wanted a strong, independent government in Lebanon, he was not prepared to dissolve the country's powerful militias if it would result in renewed bloodshed.
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