Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a Syrian suspect
in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Reports from the region on Sunday said Emirati police recently detained
a former Syrian intelligence officer, identified as Mohammed Zuhair
Siddiq, in connection with the 2005 attack. The reports say Syrian
authorities have requested his extradition from the Emirate of Sharjah.
Emirati officials have not confirmed the reported arrest.
Many anti-Syrian Lebanese accuse Syria of carrying out the truck
bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and 22 others in Beirut in February
2005, a charge Damascus denies.
Lebanon began handing over files from its investigation of the attack
to a U.N.-sponsored special tribunal in the Netherlands earlier this
month. A Lebanese judge said four pro-Syrian Lebanese generals detained
in connection with the assassination will remain in jail until the
tribunal in The Hague decides what to do with them.