Syria has ordered the detention of 33 people over false testimony provided to the UN-backed probe into the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri in 2005, an ex-general held over the killing and his lawyers said. Jamil Sayyed, the former chief of Lebanon's security services, conveyed the top investigating judge in Damascus had issued arrest warrants "against judges, security officers, politicians, journalists and other Lebanese, Arab and foreign officials and individuals."
Among those named in the warrants is Detlev Mehlis, the German prosecutor who led the early stages of the UN investigation, Sayyed said, according to AFP. The Lebanese defendants include the head of Lebanon's police, Ashraf Rifi, deputy Marwan Hamadeh, top prosecutor Saeed Mirza and former justice minister Charles Rizk.
Syria's former vice president, Abdel Halim Khaddam, who has joined the opposition and is now living in exile in France, is also a defendant.