Lebanon demands extradition of bank executive in connection to Hariri murder
Lebanese authorities on Wednesday requested the extradition from Brazil of Rana Koleilatm, a former executive of the Al Madina Bank in Lebanon, suspected of financing the murder of Lebanon's late premier, Rafiq Hariri.
Investigators of the United Nations probe into the February 2005 bombing which killed the former leader have expressed interest in questioning Koleilatm about the murder, according to Reuters.
She was arrested in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on Sunday by local authorities after having jumped bail from a Lebanese prison last year with the alleged help of Syria after which she fled to Brazil.
She is wanted on charges of fraud, embezzlement and forgery related to the collapse of the bank in 2003, as well as for bribing guards to release her.
Her lawyer stated that she claims to have no knowledge about Hariri's assassination; her connection with the Al Madina is also engulfed in controversy.
On Wednesday, Koleilatm slit her wrist while in Brazilian custody, reportedly to draw attention to her plight.
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