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UN Investigator Says More People Likely Involved in Hariri Killing


The head of the U.N. team investigating the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says he believes more people could be involved in the killing than the five suspects already interrogated.

Detlev Mehlis told reporters in Beirut Thursday that his team has not uncovered any Syrian suspects linked to the February car bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and 20 others.

The German prosecutor said he had "problems" with Syrian cooperation in the probe - but added he was optimistic that the problems could be resolved.

Wednesday, three former Lebanese security chiefs and a top aide to President Emile Lahoud were taken to a court in Beirut. The judge has until Friday to decide whether to charge the pro-Syrian suspects. The fifth detainee, former lawmaker Nasser Qandil, was released after being questioned by investigators.

The February 14 killing triggered massive Lebanese protests that forced Syria to end its 29-year military presence in Lebanon.The February 14 killing triggered massive Lebanese protests that forced Syria to end its 29-year occupation of Lebanon.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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