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Syrian and Lebanese governments reject Mehlis report

October 21st, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The Syrian and Lebanese governments have both rejected the Mehlis report. Syria’s Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah said: “It is a political statement against Syria that is based on a set of stories by some witnesses who are known for their anti-Syria positions, including media and political figures.” The Mehlis report complied the evidence of a […]

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Mehlis removes names from report

October 21st, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis removed five Syrian names from his report just before it was published. He said he wanted to protect their innocence. Sources claim those names include Maher Assad (the President’s brother) and Asef Showkat (the President’s brother in law). The names appeared in a section of the report where a witness describes who he […]

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US calls Mehlis report ‘deeply disturbing’

October 21st, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The US has demanded that the UN Security Council take urgent action to punish Syria after the ‘deeply disturbing’ Mehlis report. They’re expected to call for sanctions. Condoleezza Rice said the UN should “seriously consider how it demands accountability.” While Bush said “today, a serious report came out that requires the world to look at […]

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Mehlis report available online

October 21st, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is the full report, in English.

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URGENT: Mehlis report does not name Syrian officials

October 21st, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis, the UN investigator, has not named any Syrian officials for the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. But he did blame ‘Syrian and Lebanese elements’. He said the act “could not have been taken without the approval of a top-ranked Syrian security official and could not have been further organised without the collusion of their […]

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Army on the streets of Lebanon

October 20th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Army has been sent out on to the streets of Beirut, Tripoli and other cities. The situation has been described as an ‘unofficial state of emergency’. Widescale protests, and even riots are feared when the Mehlis report into Hariri’s death is published tomorrow. The report has been finished, and the first copies have […]

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Lebanese Prime Minister says Palestinian weapons ok

October 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has signaled that it’s alright for Palestinians to carry arms – as long as they keep them in the refugee camps. It reinforces an unspoken agreement dating from the Civil War, but is bound to raises new questions about the Lebanese-Palestinian relationship in the country. It’s alright for Palestinians in […]

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Siniora calls for embassies, border with Syria

October 18th, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Fuad Siniora has crossed a Syrian-Lebanese red line by asking for embassies in Beirut and Damascus, and formal demarcation of the border for the first time since Lebanon’s creation. Bashar Al-Assad called for something similar during the troop withdrawal, but it has not happened until now. In another development, a former Syrian Intelligence agent, who […]

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6 days until the verdict

October 16th, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis will finally publish his report into the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri this Friday. The streets of Damascus will echo with the sounds of radio news this Friday. I remember walking through Souq Al-Jumaa on the first day after the start of the Iraq War. Damascus was visibly tense. Taxis stopped […]

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Syria inquiry calls Kanaan death suicide

October 15th, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Ghazi Kanaan, Syria’s Interior Minister who was found dead in his office on Wednesday committed suicide, an official inquiry has found. It will do little to reassure those who believe he was killed by those using him as a scapegoat for the Hariri murder. Denis Ross, former US negotiator says Kanaan’s death was murder, not […]

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