Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Lebanese Politicians and Journalists Flee to Paris

L'Orient Le Jour reports that several Lebanese political personalities and journalists have left Beirut for Paris out of fear for their lives.

Politicians: Saad Hariri, Walid Joumblatt, Ghazi Aridi, Farid Makary, Marwan Hamadi and An-Nahar newspaper executive Gebran Tueni.

Journalists: Hani Hammoud and Ali Hamadi.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Presidential Guards, three former security chiefs and a former legislator have been named suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by the UN commission investigating the crime. The brother of the commander of the Presidential Guards, Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamdan, appeared before the U.N. investigation panel. Also summoned were Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, the former chief of General Security; Maj. Gen. Ali Hajj, the former director general of the Internal Security Forces; and Brig. Gen. Raymond Azar, the former director general of military intelligence. Nasser Qandil, a pro-Syrian former lawmaker, returned from Syria to Lebanon for questioning.

The Committee is to finish its work by September 15th.


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