Lebanon PM: Accusing Syria in Hariri killing was a mistake
In major turnaround, Hariri tells Saudi newspaper, "This was a political accusation, and this political accusation has ended."
By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
September 6, 2010 14:29
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Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri said Monday that it was a mistake to accuse
Syria of being behind the 2005 assassination of his father.Syria
directly dominated Lebanon for nearly 30 years and kept tens of
thousands of troops on its soil. The killing of Hariri's father, former
prime minister Rafik Hariri, sparked anti-Syrian protests and led to
statement was a major turnaround for Hariri, who for years has blamed
Damascus for his father's death in a massive truck bombing in Beirut.
'Hizbullah gave Hariri footage to UN'
told the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq
al-Awsat in an interview published Monday that "during a period
of time we accused Syria of being behind the assassination ... This was a
political accusation, and this political accusation has ended."
comments came a week after UN
prosecutor Daniel Bellemare said that there would be no rush to indict suspects in the
international probe into the
killing of the former Lebanese prime minister.
"Let me state
clearly that the indictment has
not been drafted yet," Bellemare was quoted as saying by the website NOW
Lebanon. "I will only file the indictment when I am satisfied there is