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Syria's Former VP: al-Assad Threatened Hariri Before Assassination


Syria's former vice president has accused President Bashar al-Assad of threatening former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri just months before he was assassinated.

In an interview broadcast Friday by the al-Arabiyah television network, Abdel Halim Khaddam said Syria's president told Mr. Hariri he would destroy anyone who tried to hinder Syria's decisions.

Mr. Hariri was assassinated in February.

A United Nations probe of the assassination found evidence that Syrian agents were involved in the killing. Damascus has denied the charge.

Mr. Khaddam told al-Arabiya that no Syrian security service could have made the decision to kill Mr. Hariri without approval from above.

Some information for this report provided AFP, AP and Reuters.

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