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Syria sto bak attentatet på Libanons tidligere statsminister Rafik Hariri 14. februar. Det har den FN-oppnevnte politigruppen ledet av tyske Detlev Mehlis kommet frem til.

Bevisene er så klare at og går så høyt opp at det må få politiske følger for Bashar al-Assads regime. Assad er isolert internasjonalt.

Sikkerhetsrådet kommer trolig til å kreve de skyldige utlevert, et nederlag uten sidestykke for al-Assad og hans klikk.

USA og Frankrike vil trolig benytte krisen til å forsøke å bli kvitt Assad-regimet, skriver Guardian.

FN-granskingen har til og med kontakt med en person som var til stede i rommet da drapet på Hariri ble planlagt.

UN investigators will next month directly implicate the Syrian government in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, potentially igniting a new Middle East crisis.
According to a source close to the investigation, evidence pointing to Syrian involvement in the murder has grown – in particular, from a Syrian defector, who claims he was in the room when Hariri’s assassination was discussed. «The defector is singing,» the source said.

Evidence recovered by a team of six British divers off the Beirut coast, where Hariri’s motorcade was blown apart, had also played an important part in the inquiry, the source added. The scene of the explosion was quickly covered over after the murder and much evidence lost, but the divers recovered human re2_kommentars and car and truck parts from the seafloor.

The report will almost certainly lead to a showdown between the UN security council and Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president. The security council is likely to demand that Mr Assad – whose hold on government is fragile – hands over Syrians accused of involvement.

Middle East tension rises as UN prepares to accuse Syria of Hariri assassination

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