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1160Syrian Interior Minister Commits Suicide

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  • Greg Cannon
    Oct 12, 2005

      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.