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Lebanon to Seek Extradition of Hariri Suspect in Brazil


Lebanon says it will ask Brazil to extradite a Lebanese woman with alleged links to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Lebanon's foreign ministry announced Wednesday it has asked to have Rana Koleilat kept in Brazilian custody until an extradition request can be delivered.

Meanwhile, police said the prisoner, a former official at Lebanon's Bank al-Madina, spent a short time in the hospital Wednesday after deliberately cutting her wrist. Police detained Koleilat at a hotel in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

Bank al-Madina collapsed in 2003. Authorities are investigating Koleilat for alleged bank fraud, carrying a false passport, and offering police more than $90,000 to release her.

It is not clear how Koleilat might be connected to Mr. Hariri's death in a bomb blast last year.

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