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2005-12-05 10:50:02

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. investigators started 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...

2005-12-04 06:07:38

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five Syrian officials summoned by a U.N. inquiry into the killing of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri for questioning in Austria have left for Vienna, diplomatic sources said on Sunday. "The officials and their lawyers have left for Vienna and the questioning sessions will start tomorrow as scheduled," one source said. "The questioning has been postponed from last week by U.N. investigators." Syrian officials declined comment. Damascus has also...

2005-12-04 05:45:57

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend for six months the mandate of an inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told Annan in a phone call on Saturday that the Lebanese government wanted the inquiry to continue for six months after its December 15 deadline, and be open to further extensions, a statement from his office said. Lebanon's government agreed on Thursday to ask...

2005-12-02 14:15:50

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States urged U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday to persuade German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis to continue leading the probe into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister into next year. Mehlis, who began his investigation in May, has said he was only on the job for six months and would leave by the end of the year as head of a U.N. team looking into the assassination of Rafik Hariri and 22 others in Beirut in...

2005-12-01 07:02:25

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis accused Damascus of using a Syrian witness in the inquiry into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister as a Communist-like propaganda tool. German prosecutor Mehlis, quoted by a number of Lebanese and Arabs newspapers on Thursday, said his investigation had not been undermined by witness Hosam Taher Hosam, who recanted his testimony. Hosam appeared on Syrian television this week to accuse Lebanese officials of an...

2005-12-01 03:21:09

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis was quoted on Thursday as saying his investigation into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister had not been undermined by a Syrian witness who recanted his testimony. German prosecutor Mehlis, quoted by a number of Lebanese and Arab newspapers, accused Syrian authorities of using the witness, Hosam Taher Hosam, as a Communist-like propaganda tool. Hosam appeared on Syrian television this week to accuse Lebanese...

2005-11-29 10:00:12

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria, pursuing an apparent campaign to discredit the initial findings of a U.N. investigation into the killing of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, called on Tuesday for evidence implicating Syrians to be scrutinised. The U.N. Security Council has threatened Syria with unspecified action unless it cooperates fully with the inquiry. A Syrian witness, Hosam Taher Hosam, has accused Lebanese officials of an elaborate scheme of threats,...

2005-11-28 09:58:32

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A Syrian man, who accused the son of Rafik al-Hariri of bribing him to force him to testify falsely to a U.N. probe into the ex-premier's murder said on Monday his testimony was the main evidence against Syria. Hosam Taher Hosam, who said he fled Lebanon on Sunday after two failed attempts, said a report by chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis to the Security Council implicating Syrian and Lebanese officials was based mainly on his false...

2005-11-28 06:44:16

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A man has appeared on Syrian state television saying Lebanese officials, including the son of Rafik al-Hariri, had forced him to testify falsely to a U.N. inquiry into the former Lebanese prime minister's assassination. Hosam Taher Hosam, a Syrian who said he had worked with Syrian and Lebanese intelligence during Syria's military presence in Lebanon, said in a programme aired on Sunday that an elaborate scheme of torture, threats and bribery had forced him to...

2005-11-25 12:37:42

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria agreed on Friday to allow U.N. investigators question five officials at the U.N. offices in Vienna in connection with the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, a top official said. The Syrian move was designed to avert a showdown between Damascus and the U.N. Security Council after sources in Lebanon said chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis was close to giving up on Syrian cooperation over demands from Damascus for a...


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