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2006-02-23 02:35:20

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister headed to Damascus on Thursday for talks on Syrian cooperation with the inquiry, Lebanese security sources said. They said Serge Brammertz was driven in a heavily guarded convoy across the Lebanese border into Syria for his first visit to the Syrian capital since taking over from Detlev Mehlis last month. A U.N. spokeswoman had no comment on the report. The United Nations has...

2006-02-16 18:16:00

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will push the U.N. Security Council to give details on Syria's cooperation with a U.N. inquiry into the killing of Lebanon's former premier, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday. Rice told lawmakers she did not think Syria had cooperated with the U.N. investigation into last February's murder of Rafik al-Hariri and something must be done. "We will need, I really do believe, to go back to the Security Council at...

2006-02-10 17:50:49

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington remains concerned about Syrian obstruction of a U.N. inquiry into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister and is watching the matter closely, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Friday. Bolton spoke with reporters after meeting with Serge Brammertz, the Belgian prosecutor now leading the U.N. investigation of Rafik al-Hariri's assassination in a Beirut truck bombing last February 14. Brammertz, the former deputy...

2006-01-19 12:39:24

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Belgian prosecutor arrived in Beirut on Thursday to take over the U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. The United Nations last week appointed Serge Brammertz, deputy prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), as head of inquiry into the February killing of Hariri and 22 other people in a truck bombing in Beirut. He replaces German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis who had headed the...

2006-01-11 03:02:02

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Belgian prosecutor with the International Criminal Court is expected to be named on Wednesday as head of the U.N. investigation into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister, U.N. officials said. Serge Brammertz, now the deputy prosecutor of the Hague-based court, would replace German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who intends to leave the inquiry into the assassination of Rafik Hariri shortly after a replacement is chosen. The...

2006-01-04 12:54:12

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria has agreed to allow U.N. investigators to interview its foreign minister over the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, diplomats said on Wednesday. Syria was still considering a request by the U.N. team probing the February killing to meet President Bashar al-Assad, but an interview with Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara was acceptable, the diplomats said. "The request is being considered while other capitals are in contact with...

2005-12-30 15:40:45

DUBAI (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior Syrian officials threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri who was assassinated in February, a former Syrian vice president said. "Hariri received many threats," Abdel-Halim Khaddam, who resigned in June, told Al Arabiya television in an interview from Paris aired on Friday. "Assad told me he had delivered some very, very harsh words to Hariri ... something like 'I will crush anyone who tries to...

2005-12-28 10:50:08

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria said on Wednesday it wanted to lay fresh ground rules for cooperation with the new chief of a U.N. team investigating the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. "We want to agree on a protocol for cooperation to identify the meaning of cooperation ... and what is required before it can be said that Syria has cooperated fully and unconditionally with the international committee," Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara told politicians...

2005-12-21 09:29:41

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday he was prepared to have a dialogue with Syria but only if Damascus cooperates with the United Nations on an investigation into the killing of a former Lebanese leader. He urged Syria to end "interference" in Lebanon and demanded it stop insurgents crossing the border into Iraq. But he stopped short of threatening sanctions if Syria fails to give full cooperation to the U.N. murder inquiry. Syria is in a standoff...

2005-12-20 10:19:06

CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister said on Tuesday that false witnesses misled an investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri but that Damascus would cooperate with the new inquiry chief. Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz is expected to take over as head of the international inquiry from German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who directly blamed the "Syrian authorities" for Hariri's murder in remarks published on Saturday. Many Lebanese have...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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