Justice in Syria

SYRIA has agreed to allow the United Nations investigators to quiz five of its top officials in connection with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The five officials, who have been summoned by the UN team investigating the Hariri killing, are to present themselves for questioning at the UN offices in Vienna.

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Published: Sun 27 Nov 2005, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:48 PM

This is clearly a huge embarrassment for Syria, one of the oldest civilisations in the world and home to some of the greatest dynasties in the Middle East. And if the country today finds itself in such an awkward position, it is thanks to the reckless acts of some members of the current dynasty in Damascus. The Syrian regime is now 'cooperating' with the UN probe into the Hariri assassination because it's been left with no alternatives. Whatever be the case and whatever be the truth of the Hariri assassination, the Syrian leadership should do all it can to clear the country's name. And those found implicated must not be protected under any circumstances.

This is absolutely necessary not only to bring justice to those responsible for Hariri's murder but is in the interests of Syria and its relations with Lebanon and the international community.

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