Report: Brammertz to Implicate Syria for 1st Time in Hariri’s Murder

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Report: Brammertz to Implicate Syria for 1st Time in Hariri’s Murder

Chief U.N. investigator Serge Brammertz will reveal in his report Monday Syria’s direct involvement in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination, the Saudi Okaz newspaper reported.
The report, that Brammertz will hand over to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York at 9:30 am Monday, will disclose details about a tape that former Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan had recorded about the planning of the Feb. 14, 2005 murder.

The newspaper did not mention whether the recording was made on a videotape or a cassette. But it said that senior Syrian officers and former Lebanese Environment Minister Wiam Wahhab planned the assassination.

It added that Kanaan cut a deal with Brammertz’s predecessor Detlev Mehlis to escape to Cyprus via the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli. But a close person to Kanaan had reported him to the Syrian authorities that later announced his suicide.

Okaz also said that Brammertz will disclose in his second report in-depth information about the planning and execution of Hariri’s assassination.

It added that the report will also reveal the names of those involved in the murder, including Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law Gen. Assef Shawkat and Bahjat Suleiman, the former head of the Security Department.

The newspaper said that the name of an Iraqi, who detonated the white Mitsubishi van that was seen at the site of the one-ton bomb explosion on Beirut’s seafront, will be made public.