12 Australians wanted over Hariris murder
Middle East: 12 Australians wanted over Hariri�s
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[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,
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