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Judge Charges Syrian in Slaying of Hariri

October 19, 2005

A Lebanese judge charged a former Syrian intelligence officer with complicity in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, judicial officials said.

Magistrate Elias Eid accused Zuhair Mohammed Siddiq, who was arrested by French police Monday, of having an indirect role in the Feb. 14 Beirut bombing that killed Hariri and 20 others. He was also accused of giving false testimony to investigators and misleading the U.N. inquiry into Hariri's death.

The officials said they had asked for Siddiq, 45, to be extradited.

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