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A Leading Syrian Minister Dies, Apparently a Suicide
By HASSAN M. FATTAH
Published: October 13, 2005
JIDDA, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 12 - Ghazi Kanaan, Syria's powerful interior minister and the Syrian government's key man in Lebanon for two decades, was found dead, apparently a suicide, in his Damascus office on Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency SANA reported.
Mr. Kanaan, 63, was one of several figures interrogated by a United Nations investigator last month about the killing of Mr. Hariri and 21 others in Beirut in February, deaths that many Lebanese, as well as members of the Bush administration, believe was the work of Syrian officials. A preliminary report of the investigation is due out this month.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, who has repeatedly denied any involvement in Mr. Hariri's death, said in an interview on CNN taped Wednesday morning before Mr. Kanaan's death was announced that if any members of his government were implicated in the Hariri killing, "they should be punished."
"If it's not internationally, they will be punished in Syria," he said. "This is treason."
The SANA report of Mr. Kanaan's death gave no details, but an aide to Mr. Kanaan told reporters on Wednesday evening that Mr. Kanaan had shot himself in the mouth.
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This looks to me like a symbolic killing -- to be shot "in the mouth" the same day he interviewed with CNN? That just doesn't seem a suicide, in my opinion. What else will happen in Syria before the true events are revealed?
Edited: FarSeer on 13th Oct, 2005 - 2:24am