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December 29, 2009

Naharnet - Rustom Ghazaleh's Assets Unfrozen - December 29, 2009

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare has decided to unfreeze the financial assets of the former head of Syria's military intelligence in Lebanon, Brig. Gen. Rustom Ghazaleh, al-Liwaa daily reported Tuesday.
The newspaper said that Ghazaleh's family most probably requested Lebanon's Central Bank to unfreeze the assets. The bank in its turn referred the request to State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza who asked Bellemare to take the appropriate decision.

After studying the request, the STL prosecutor decided to unfreeze Ghazaleh's assets.

Ghazaleh headed Syria's military intelligence in Lebanon when former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was murdered in Feb. 2005. He was among several top Syrian officials questioned in Vienna by U.N. investigators over the assassination.

The U.S. government has frozen the financial assets of Ghazaleh and Syria's Interior Minister Ghazi Kenaan, who has allegedly committed suicide.

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