United Nations investigators looking into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have questioned President Emile Lahoud about the case.

The investigators took Mr. Lahoud's statement late Friday at the presidential palace.

A statement released by the palace says Mr. Lahoud gave the investigators details about what was said in phone calls made to the palace before the truck bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and 22 others in Beirut.

A U.N. interim report last month did not refer to Mr. Lahoud as a suspect, but said a suspect called the president's phone minutes before the blast.

The report implicated Lebanese and Syrian officials in the February assassination, which sparked political upheaval and led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon.

Four Lebanese generals with ties to Syria were arrested in September.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.