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FBI delivers report on Hasan assassination probe to Madi

File- In this Sunday, March 3, 2011 file photo, Col. Wissam al-Hasan, head of the Internal Security Forces Information Branch is seen during a meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star, File)

BEIRUT: Public Prosecutor Hatem Madi received Thursday a report from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on a probe the agency conducted into the assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

An FBI team visited Madi at his office and handed him the report, which will now be translated into Arabic and submitted to the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch – which Hasan headed – and to Nabil Wehbeh, the judicial investigator tasked with the case.

An FBI team arrived in Lebanon only a few days after the Oct. 19 car bomb which killed Hasan, along with his driver and a passerby, following a request by Prime Minister Najib Mikati for technical assistance in the investigation from the U.S..

The FBI investigators gathered evidence from the scene of the explosion in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut and requested data from Lebanese authorities.

The March 14 coalition has called for referring the case of Hasan, who maintained close ties with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, established by the U.N. in 2007 to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

But the court said it could only handle the case if a link was established between Hasan’s slaying and the assassination of Hariri.

Hasan has been succeeded as head of the Information Branch by Col. Imad Othman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 21, 2012, on page 3.




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