UN investigators studying the Hariri killing have demanded to meet Bashar Al-Assad.
The inquiry’s demand – which was led by Detlev Mehlis – comes just days after former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam made an extraordinary statement from Paris that Bashar threatened Hariri.
The UN say they’ve already submitted the request to Syria, but Syria says they only know about it from reports on TV.
“We asked to interview Assad, [Foreign Minister Farouq] Shara and others. We are awaiting an answer [from Syria],” UN inquiry spokeswoman Nasrat Hassan said. She also said they want to meet Khaddam as soon as possible.
The UN previously demanded 5 top Syrian officials meet investigators. Syria made its own demands, and then said yes on the day of the deadline. It is unclear whether the UN will again demand that the witnesses are interviewed in Beirut.
Expect much brinkmanship.