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Prosecutor of Hariri court says media reports on probe endanger people's lives

11-24-2010 09:58 BJT

BEIRUT, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Prosecutor of the UN-backed court to probe the assassination of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri said Tuesday that a recent report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on the probe puts some people's lives in danger.

"The most serious impact of the CBC reports is that their broadcast may put people's lives in jeopardy," said a statement by the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Daniel Bellemare.

A report released Monday by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) alleged that Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah and the head of the country's police intelligence were involved in the 2005 assassination of Hariri.

Hariri's son, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri dismissed the CBC report. "Colonel Wissam al-Hassan has our full confidence," Saad Hariri told reporters.

Al-Hassan, who heads the Information Branch of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, is known to be close to the circles of the Lebanese prime minister.

Asked to comment about the CBC report, Saad Hariri said he would not comment on anything that has not been issued formally by the STL.

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