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Syria judicial committee begins investigation into Hariri murder

[JURIST] A Syrian judicial committee has begun its own investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Syrian Attorney General Ghada Mourad [SANA profile], who is heading the committee, has said that Syria will coordinate with the UN and Lebanese judicial authorities who are also investigating the murder. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for the special investigation committee [JURIST report] after a UN resolution [text] was passed last week ordering Syria to cooperate [JURIST report] with the UN Hariri investigation committee [UN materials] or face possible sanctions. A report [text] presented to the UN Security Council in October by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, head of the UN investigation, showed "converging evidence" of Syrian and Lebanese involvement in Hariri's killing. Mourad has called on citizens to come forward with any information on Hariri's death. Xinhuanet has more; from Syria, state-owned SANA has local coverage.

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