Lebanon: Jamil al-Sayyid Released From Prison
Former Gen. Jamil al-Sayyid was released from prison today. He had been held, along with three other officers, since 2005 for an alleged role in the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. I met him shortly before he was arrested, and my gut instinct told me that he wasn't involved.
This is what I wrote at the time.
Note: al-Sayyid should be thought of as a possible future challenger to Hezbollah. Secular Shi'as may be able to coalesce around him; other candidates, especially those admitting Saudi funding, are simply not credible. It's a long term project that some people should start thinking about. If al-Sayyid aspires to national standing, then he'll also begin to sound anti-Syrian, which is always a plus.