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2005-12-12 14:38:10

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. inquiry uncovered new evidence to reinforce its findings of Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, according to a report released on Monday. The survey by German Prosecutor Detlev Mehlis also said that Syria had been "slow" to cooperate with his investigation, contrary to Security Council resolutions, that Damascus had burned some papers on Lebanon, and that the probe had identified...

2005-12-12 13:18:23

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. inquiry uncovered new evidence that reinforced its findings of Syria's involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a new report said on Monday. The report by German Prosecutor Detlev Mehlis also said Syria had been "slow" to cooperate with his investigation, contrary to Security Council resolutions, and that the inquiry team had identified 19 suspects which it did not name. Five Syrian officials...

2005-12-12 04:08:38

DUBAI (Reuters) - Lebanese Druze leader and anti-Syrian MP Walid Jumblatt accused Syria on Monday of killing prominent Lebanese editor Gebran Tueni, who was also a staunch opponent of Damascus. Jumblatt told Al Jazeera television that Tueni's killing in a Beirut car bomb was linked to a U.N. probe by judge Detlev Mehlis into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri which implicates top Syrian officials. Asked if he was jumping the gun by accusing Syria, he...

2005-12-11 16:10:27

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Sunday to punish any Syrian proven to be involved in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafik al-Hariri. "If there is a person who is involved then he must be held accountable, but at the same time to say that a Syrian person is guilty there must be evidence," Assad said in an interview with Russia's channel 2 television station. Assad was answering a question on whether he would arrest any official, even relatives, if...

2005-12-10 06:46:07

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. inquiry into the murder of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri will summon more Syrian witnesses in the next few days, its chief investigator Detlev Mehlis was quoted on Saturday as saying. In an interview published in Lebanon's al-Mustaqbal newspaper, which was owned by the murdered ex-premier, Mehlis said he would ask Syria in the next few days if U.N. investigators could question new Syrian witnesses in Vienna, but did not identify them....

2005-12-09 13:43:16

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Detlev Mehlis, the chief investigator into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, said on Friday he will present his findings to the United Nations Security Council on December 13. "It will be just a follow-up to the main report ... I think it will be sometime to go until the final report," the German prosecutor told reporters in Beirut. "In the past months we have gathered a considerable amount of evidence as we pointed out in our last...

2005-12-09 12:37:51

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Detlev Mehlis, the chief investigator into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, said on Friday he will present his findings to the United Nations Security Council on December 13. "It will be just a follow-up to the main report...I think it will be sometime to go until the final report," the German prosecutor told reporters in Beirut. "In the past months we have gathered a considerable amount of evidence as we pointed out in our last report...

2005-12-07 12:12:49

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. investigators completed questioning five Syrian officials in Vienna on Wednesday in connection with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri this year, diplomatic sources said. Two of the Syrians were questioned at U.N. offices in Vienna on Monday and returned to Damascus. The three others were questioned on Wednesday and were expected to return home the same day, the sources said. Syria, which denies any role in the killing in...

2005-12-06 07:31:51

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Detlev Mehlis will step down shortly as chief U.N. investigator into the killing of ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri but will remain available should the inquiry require his services, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. The spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said the date for Mehlis' departure was not yet determined but added that the German prosecutor had made it clear when he accepted the job that he would stay on only for six or seven months. The...

2005-12-05 11:47:11

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. investigators began questioning five Syrian officials under a cloak of secrecy in Vienna on Monday over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, diplomatic sources said. Syria, which denies any role in the killing, agreed to let investigators quiz the men at U.N. offices in the Austrian capital after getting guarantees from permanent U.N. Security Council member Russia that they could return to Damascus afterwards,...


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