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New UN Hariri Investigation Chief Arrives in Beirut


The new chief of the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has arrived in Beirut.

Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz says he is acutely aware of the expectations of victims' families of the February attack and he will do his utmost to meet those expectations.

Brammertz replaces German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who stepped down last month.

The U.N. investigation has already implicated several top Syrian officials in the killing of Mr. Hariri and at least 20 others in a massive bomb attack. In October, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding Syria's full cooperation with the probe.

But Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has already rejected the commission's request to interview him.

Damascus has denied it played any role in the assassination.

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