Diplomat: Suspect in Hariri assassination detained in Dubai
One of the suspects in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister has been arrested in Dubai, an Arab diplomat said. Purported Syrian intelligence officer Mohammed Zuhair Siddiq was named a suspect by a U.N. commission investigating the 2005 assassination.
Initially Siddiq was a witness who gave evidence to U.N. investigators. His information, however, was later discredited, and at the U.N. commission's recommendation, he was arrested in France in October 2005 as a suspect in the murder. He disappeared from house arrest in France in March 2008, according to French authorities.
According to the AP, the Arab diplomat said he was arrested Friday in Dubai and that Syria has requested his extradition. Syrian media reports have said Siddiq is wanted there for allegedly giving false testimony implicating Syria in the assassination.