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UN questioning of Syrian officials in Hariri probe to end Wednesday

[JURIST] The interrogation of Syrian officials [JURIST report], part of a UN inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minster Rafik Hariri [UN materials; JURIST news archive], will be suspended after the last of five officials is questioned and returned to Syria on Wednesday. Two officials, who were brought into the UN offices in Austria via a concealed entrance, were questioned on Monday; several sources report that the head of the Syrian intelligence service's Palestinian affairs department, Lt. Gen. Zafir Youssef, Lt. Gen. Abd al-Karim Abbas, and retired Col. Samih al-Qashaani will be questioned on Wednesday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to the questioning in late November [JURIST report], with the hope that it would correct numerous alleged errors in the UN probe that led to a October interim report [text] suggesting the assassination could not have occurred without Syrian involvement. BBC News has more.

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