1160Syrian Interior Minister Commits Suicide
- Oct 12, 2005http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/sns-ap-syria-interior-minister,0,2489837.story?coll=ny-leadworldnews-headlines
Syria: Interior Minister Commits Suicide
By Associated Press
October 12, 2005, 7:24 AM EDT
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's interior minister, who ran
Lebanon as security chief until 2003, died Wednesday,
and Syria's official news agency said he had committed
His death was reported days before the expected
release of a U.N. report into the assassination of
former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
"Interior Minister Brig. Gen. Ghazi Kenaan committed
suicide in his office before noon," the Syrian Arab
News Agency reported. "Authorities are carrying out
the necessary investigation into the incident."
The news agency report did not mention the looming
U.N. investigation, but Kenaan was intelligence chief
in Lebanon from the 1980s until 2003, presiding over
Syria's control of its neighboring country. He
reportedly was questioned by U.N. investigators in the
probe of the Hariri's murder.