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Netherlands to Host International Tribunal for Hariri Killing


The United Nations says the Netherlands has agreed to host the international tribunal that will try suspects in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

U.N. spokeswoman, Michele Montas said Friday that Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wrote U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the Netherlands is "favorably disposed" to hosting the tribunal.

Last month, the head of a U.N. probe into the Hariri killing said individuals with possible links to the assassination have been identified. But Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz did not name the suspects in his report to the U.N. Security Council.

A massive bombing in Beirut killed Hariri and 22 others in February 2005.

An earlier U.N. investigation implicated Syrian intelligence officials, but Syria has condemned the attack and denied any involvement.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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