Across the Bay

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mehlis: Syria Behind Killing

In a talk with ash-Sharq al-Awsat (English version here), Prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who is to be succeeded by Belgian Prosecutor Serge Brammertz as head of the International Commission, told the paper that he is certain that the Syrian authorities are behind the assassination of Hariri.

He also reiterated what he told CNN on Thursday that there are links between all the assassinations and attempts that have taken place in Lebanon in recent months.

As for Syria's demand that the report be rewritten after the Hussam fiasco, Mehlis said that this demand is "extremely stupid." Between stupidity and murder, I'd say Mehlis has the Syrian regime pegged.

On a separate note, PM Seniora told the press, after meeting with Maronite Patriarch Sfeir, that he considers the perpetrators of these killings, whom he believes to be the same ones that killed Hariri, are "enemies," whoever they may be.

Also, beside his decision to sue Syria's ambassador to the UN Faysal Mekdad for reportedly calling Gebran Tueni a "dog," Ghassan Tueni also lambasted Syrian Minister of Information Mahdi Dakhlallah who said that Gebran was perhaps killed by creditors who were after him for money. Ghassan asked the Syrians to not insult our intelligence, and to please stop incriminating themselves with such stupid statements.