March 13, 2006

Brazil arrests woman sought over Hariri killing

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Lebanese woman suspected of
involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafik Hariri has been arrested in the Brazilian city
of Sao Paulo, police said on Monday.

Rana Abdel Rahim Koleilat, 39, who was sought by the
international police agency Interpol, was arrested at a hotel
in the city on Sunday afternoon by police acting on a tip.

A police spokesman said she was carrying a false passport.
She also tried to bribe the officers, offering them 200,000
reais (about $100,000) to let her leave the country.

Hariri was killed by a car bomb in Beirut on February 14,
2005. A special United Nations commission is investigating the
case and has pointed to Syrian involvement.

Police said Koleilat was also wanted for falsifying
documents and bank fraud.