Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Canadian Jurist Nominated to Head Inquiry Into Hariri Killing

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has nominated Canadian prosecutor Daniel A. Bellemare to lead the Hariri investigation.

The investigation is trying to find who is responsible for the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and many other killings in Lebanon. The commission was created by the United Nations Security Council.

Hariri died in a huge car bomb blast in Beirut in February 2005 that killed many others. He is one of many anti-Syrian political leaders, intellectuals and journalists to have been murdered in the past 2 years.

Preliminary reports by one of Bellemare's predecessors pointed to the possible involvement of high ranking members of the Syrian and Lebanese governments in Hariri's murder.

Bellemare was until recently Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Federal Prosecution Service, at Justice Canada.

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