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    http://www.keralanext.com/news/indexread.asp?id=121073 Middle East: 12 Australians wanted over Hariri’s murder 14 Hours,33 minutes Ago [Middle East News]:
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      Middle East: 12 Australians wanted over Hariri�s
      14 Hours,33 minutes Ago

      [Middle East News]: Lebanon�s Justice Minister Adnan
      Addoum said on Friday that authorities were hunting
      for twelve Australian men wanted over the
      assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq

      Addum said that six of the suspects left Beirut for
      Australia hours after Monday�s deadly blast, adding
      that police found traces of explosives on aircraft

      Hariri was killed in a huge explosion in Beirut which
      also claimed the lives of additional 16 people.

      The minister added that there are two more Australians
      who tried to leave Lebanon after the assassination but
      missed the flight for unknown reasons. Their location
      is not known.

      Interpol agreed to interrogate the twelve suspects,
      Addoum said.

      The minister didn�t provide further details and it was
      unclear what role the men played in the attack.

      Reports earlier this week said that the Australian
      government was helping Lebanon investigate Hariri�s

      Hariris family demands probe into his murder

      Hariri�s family issued a statement on Thursday calling
      for launching an international investigation into his

      "We call upon the international community to promptly
      take control of this issue and form an international
      investigation commission, since the assassination of
      Rafik Hariri is a terrorist act targeting Lebanon's
      stability and national unity, "Al Hariri�s family said
      in a statement released on Thursday.

      "We will not spare any effort or means to find the
      perpetrators of this crime no matter what their
      affiliation is," the statement said.

      Earlier, the Lebanese leadership rejected calls to let
      international experts launch the investigation, but
      the military judiciary now says that Swiss experts on
      explosives and DNA will participate in the

      On Wednesday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
      William Burns called on Lebanon to ask for foreign
      help to facilitate the inquiry.

      "We believe the investigation has to be serious and
      credible and those responsible have to be brought to
      justice swiftly and that international expertise can
      be brought to help ensure this kind of investigation,"
      he said during his visit to Beirut to attend the
      funeral of Al Hariri.

      Amid tight security Lebanon buried on Wednesday its
      former Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri, credited with
      restoring the country after the civil war.

      The former Lebanese premier was buried at the towering
      Mohammed al-Amin mosque in central Beirut, the
      construction of which has been funded by him.

      Al Hariri�s family and political supporters asked the
      Lebanese government officials not to attend the

      And while the U.S. and Israel pointed finger of
      suspicion at Syria, Imad Moustapha, the Syrian
      ambassador to the United States, said the Syrian
      government wasn�t involved in Al Hariri�s
      assassination, and called the former Lebanese Premier
      a constructive moderate.

      "Why would Syria even look with hostility to a person
      like Rafiq Al Hariri, who is actually helping to
      mediate between us and the Lebanese opposition?" said
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