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      Lebanese cast doubt on Kenaan's death
      Politicians question whether minister really committed
      suicide

      By Raed El Rafei
      Daily Star staff
      Thursday, October 13, 2005

      Lebanese cast doubt on Kenaan's death

      BEIRUT: News about the suicide of Syrian Interior
      Minister, Ghazi Kenaan provoked a series of reactions
      from Lebanese political figures in light of the major
      role Kenaan played as former military intelligence
      chief for Lebanon between 1982 and 2003.

      MP Michel Aoun expressed doubt as to whether Kenaan
      had committed suicide, saying "he might have been
      killed. We have no information about the proceedings
      of the investigations. A media report is not enough to
      know whether Kenaan committed suicide or was killed,
      we have to wait for official and medical reports to be
      released," he said, in an interview with the
      Al-Jazeera news channel.

      Aoun said that there might be a link between the death
      of Kenaan and the Detlev Mehlis' report on the
      assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
      which is expected on October 21.

      Aoun regarded Kenaan as the real "governor" of Lebanon
      in the past stressing that "the election law drafted
      in 2000 was named after him."

      Suggesting the death of Kenaan was unlikely to have a
      serious impact on Lebanon, he said he believed, "many
      Lebanese political figures will be relieved by his
      death because many files involving them will disappear
      with his death."

      Progressive Socialist Party MP Akram Chehayeb said
      that despite being one of the founders of the security
      system in Lebanon, Kenaan played some "positive role"
      in supporting the resistance against Israel in the
      South.

      "The Syrian regime is accused of the assassination of
      Hariri," Chehayeb told a local radio station.

      "If Kenaan really committed suicide, it means his
      death is related to all the accusations targeting the
      [Syrian] political standpoint and the facts and
      evidence contained in Mehlis' report," he said.

      MP Gebran Tueni cast doubt on the suicide report. "It
      is not known for sure if he committed suicide, or was
      forced to commit suicide," Tueni told Al-Arabiyya TV
      from Paris.

      "What happens makes us believe even more that the
      Syrian regime is involved in the assassination of
      Hariri," Tueni added.

      If the Syrian regime was not really involved in the
      assassination of Hariri, it wouldn't be reacting as it
      is doing now with Mehlis's report to be out soon,
      Tueni added.

      Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, said: "In these
      difficult circumstances that we are passing through, I
      just want to say: God have mercy."

      Meanwhile, former Information Minister Elie Ferzli, a
      pro-Syrian figure who was close to Kenaan, said during
      an interview with Al-Jazeera that "when Kenaan saw all
      the ties he had built with Lebanon and Syria
      collapsing, he committed suicide."

      Ferzli rejected any link between the death of Kenaan
      and Mehlis' report, saying that Kenaan had taken his
      own life to "protect" Hariri.
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