Thursday, December 01, 2005

Detlev Mehlis slams 'Syrian propaganda'-BBC

BBC News- The head of a UN inquiry into the killing of the former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has accused Syria of using propaganda to discredit the commission.

Detlev Mehlis told Lebanese newspaper al-Safir the tactics were similar to those used by Communist states in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Mr Mehlis insisted the inquiry had not been undermined by a witness who recanted his testimony last week.

Hossam Taher Hossam said he was bribed to give evidence against Syria. Mr Hossam alleged in an interview on Syrian TV that Mr Hariri's son Saad had met him several months ago and offered him $1.3m to testify against Syrian officials. Mr Hariri's family has dismissed the statement.