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UN names former Belgian prosecutor as new chief of Hariri probe

[JURIST] The UN Wednesday officially named Serge Brammertz [official profile], Deputy Prosecutor with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] and a former Belgian federal prosecutor, as the new Commissioner of the ongoing UN investigation into the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive; UN materials]. The announcement followed speculation [JURIST report] that he would be appointed as German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis' successor to the post. The announcement comes just a week after Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara agreed to meet [JURIST report] with the commission at the request of Mehlis [JURIST report]. Brammertz will fly to Beirut to assume his new duties as soon as possible. UN News Centre has more.

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