Syrian witness in Hariri probe missing in France: FM

A Syrian former intelligence officer who is a witness in the probe into the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri has disappeared from his Paris suburban home, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Tuesday.

Syrian witness in Hariri probe missing in France: FM
Mohammed Zuheir as-Saddiq "was at home or under house arrest and he has disappeared. That's all I know. I found out just this morning," he told reporters.

"But I do not know under what conditions and if there was a police presence to watch him," he said.

As-Saddiq, who was the subject of an international arrest warrant requested by a Lebanese prosecutor, was detained in October 2005 in a Paris suburb in connection with the February 2005 assassination.

He is also of interest to the UN-appointed investigators probing Hariri's death in a Beirut car bombing.

France refused to extradite him to Lebanon because it had not been given guarantees that he would not be liable to the death penalty there if convicted of a crime.

Newspaper reports in 2006 quoted him as saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his then Lebanese counterpart, Emile Lahoud, ordered the assassination.

The assassination was one of the worst acts of political violence to rock the battered country since its 1975-1990 civil war.

Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2008, 15:32
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