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Hariri assassination


On 14 February 2005 former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri died in a huge explosion as as his motorcade drove approached the seafront in Beirut. 

The attack was widely blamed on Syria or its supporters in Lebanon and led to the so-called Cedar Revolution.

This page provides links relating to the investigation into Hariri's death.

More about the assassination: Wikipedia

United Nations documents

Security Council resolution 1757 
Establishing a special tribunal for Lebanon, 1 June 2007.

Assassination of Rafik Hariri
Tenth report (by D A Bellemare, head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission) March 2008. 

Assassination of Rafik Hariri
Fifth report by Serge Brammertz, head of UN investigation, March 2007. 

Assassination of Rafik Hariri
Fourth report by Serge Brammertz, head of UN investigation, December 2006. [PDF file]

Assassination of Rafik Hariri
Third report by Serge Brammertz, head of UN investigation, 25 September 2006. 

Assassination of Rafik Hariri
Second report by Serge Brammertz, head of UN investigation, 10 June 2006. Also PDF version 

Assassination of Rafik Hariri 
First report by Serge Brammertz, head of UN investigation, 15 March 2006. Also PDF version

Security Council resolution 1636 
31 October 2005. Adopted unanimously, the resolution demanded full Syrian cooperation with investigations into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Draft Security Council resolution 
Draft resolution circulation following publication of the Mehlis report, intended to apply further pressure on Syria. Later amended and approved as resolution 1636.

Assassination of Rafik Hariri 
Full text of the Mehlis report, October 2005  

Assassination of Rafik Hariri  
Full text of the UN fact-finding mission's report, March 2005


The Assassination of Rafik Hariri: A Biased Investigation
by Silvia Cattori. (voltairenet.org, 15 September 2006)

Beirut bombshell 
The assassination of a former prime minister may have been linked to the collapse of Lebanon's Bank al-Madina. By Mitchell Prothero, Fortune magazine, May 4, 2006

Syria may aid UN inquiry into Hariri murder 
Guardian, Friday January 13 2006

The disgrace of the Mehlis Commission
A critique of the Mehlis report by Talaat Ramih. (voltairenet.org, 12 January 2006)

UN wants to question Assad in Hariri inquiry 
Guardian, January 3 2006

UN wants to interview Syrian president over Lebanese assassination 
Guardian Unlimited, January 2 2006

Hariri 'threatened by Syria head 
BBC News, December 30, 2005

Syria MPs demand treason charges 
BBC News, December 31, 2005

Calls for mass protest as Syria critic's murder plunges Lebanon into crisis 
Guardian, December 14 2005

Car bomb kills Lebanese journalist as UN attacks Syria over Hariri murder inquiry 
Guardian, December 13 2005

The Syrian Gambit Unravels
When the main witnesses recant, you don't have a case. By Justin Raimondo (antiwar.com, December 12, 2005)

Prosecutor heading UN's Hariri inquiry stands down 
Guardian, December 7 2005

Syria claims witness in Hariri inquiry was under duress 
Guardian, November 30 2005

Syria backs down and allows UN to question officials 
Guardian, November 26 2005

Syria agrees to UN interviews 
Guardian Unlimited, November 25 2005

Syria president expects UN showdown over murder inquiry 
Guardian, November 11 2005

Syria 'will let Hariri death inquiry see Assad relatives' 
Guardian, November 2 2005

UN demands Syria's cooperation in Hariri inquiry but retreats from sanctions threat 
Guardian, November 1 2005

Two charged over Hariri killing 
Guardian Unlimited, October 26 2005

Could Syria have been so stupid? 
Guardian Unlimited, October 25 2005

Syria faces more pressure over Hariri killing 
Guardian, October 24 2005

Rogue Syrians must be held to account, says US 
Guardian, October 22 2005

'Long planned' Hariri killing linked to Syria, says UN 
Guardian, October 21 2005

Syria 'must be held to account over Hariri death' 
Guardian Unlimited, October 21 2005

UN Hariri probe implicates Syria  
BBC News, October 21, 2005

Assad's brother-in-law named over Hariri death 
Guardian, October 19 2005

The road from Damascus 
Guardian Unlimited, October 17 2005

Syrian state inquiry finds minister killed himself 
Guardian, October 14 2005

Embattled Syrian minister found dead 
Guardian, October 13 2005

'Suicide' assures Syria's isolation 
Guardian Unlimited, October 12 2005

Fear strikes Damascus 
Guardian Unlimited, October 7 2005

A mixture of excitement and fear stalks the land in Syria 
Guardian, September 28 2005

Middle East tension rises as UN prepares to accuse Syria of Hariri assassination 
Guardian, September 23 2005

Damascene subversion 
Guardian Unlimited, September 19 2005

UN's Hariri inquiry to visit Syria 
Guardian, September 10 2005

Long shadow of the Beirut massacre 
Guardian Unlimited, September 6 2005

Generals face Hariri inquiry 
Guardian, September 3 2005

Pro-Syria officials held in Hariri inquiry 
Guardian, August 31 2005

Syria accused of hampering inquiry into Lebanon bomb 
Guardian, Friday August 26 2005

Lebanese general in murder quiz 
Guardian, June 22 2005

Beirut murder mystery 
Guardian Unlimited, June 22 2005

Lebanon agrees to Hariri inquiry 
BBC News, March 25, 2005

Farewell to Lebanon's Mr Fix-it 
The Guardian, February 15 2005

Rafik Hariri was more than a politician; in many ways he was Mr Lebanon. Besides serving as prime minster for 10 of the last 14 years, he was a hyperactive businessman, a self-made billionaire who, through his television station and daily newspaper, controlled ...

The power of words 
The Guardian, November 23 2004

Damascus would do well to defuse anti-Syrian sentiment in Beirut and the wider world with an offer of dialogue ...

By unpopular demand 
The Guardian, September 06 2004

Last Friday the Lebanese parliament decided, by 96 votes to 29, to give President Emile Lahoud three more years in office.


In the Lebanon section



Killing Mr Lebanon 
by Nicholas Blanford. Hardback 2006. ISBN: 1845112024. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


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