Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mehlis speaks his mind

And finally, he says it!

The head of the UN probe into the slaying of Lebanon's ex-premier Rafiq Hariri for the first time unequivocally accused Syria of being behind the assassination, in an interview published Saturday.

Despite repeated Syrian denials of involvement, outgoing German magistrate Detlev Mehlis who has been heading the investigation since June, showed not a flicker of doubt that its "authorities" were responsible.

Asked by the Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat if he was "perfectly convinced of Syria's responsibility in the murder of Hariri," Mehlis said: "Yes. The Syrian authorities are responsible," without giving further details.

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