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Lebanese judge refuses to release former officials linked to Hariri murder

[JURIST] Chief Lebanese investigative judge Elias Eid on Tuesday refused to release two former high ranking Lebanese military officials implicated in the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The two former officials - former head of Lebanese intelligence Raymond Azar and presidential guard Mustafa Hamdan - were arrested in August under recommendations of the independent UN panel [interim report text] investigating Hariri's murder. Eid's refusal came in response to a motion filed by Naji Boustani, the defense attorney representing both former officials. Boustani's motion argued that the two were being held based on mere "suspicions," and that there was no hard evidence linking the two to Hariri's murder. The Lebanon Daily Star has local coverage; AFP has more.

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