Mehlis confirms departure from UN Hariri probe

9th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 December 2005, BEIRUT - German prosecutor Deltev Mehlis confirmed Friday that after December 15 he will step down as the head of the United Nations probe into the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri.

9 December 2005

BEIRUT - German prosecutor Deltev Mehlis confirmed Friday that after December 15 he will step down as the head of the United Nations probe into the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri.

"The bad news is that I am leaving the mission after December 15. The good news is the investigation will continue," Mehlis said during a luncheon with Lebanese Justice Minister Charles Rizk.

Appointed four months ago by the U.N. Security Council to head a 110-member team to investigate the February 14 killing, the German prosecutor's contract runs out on January 1, irrespective of the progress of the investigation.

The Lebanese government has decided to ask for the U.N. probe's mandate to be extended by six months.

The U.N. Security Council will be in charge of choosing the right person to replace Mehlis, Rizk said.

Mehlis is due to leave Lebanon over the weekend for New York to deliver his final report to the Security Council between December 13 and 15.

DPA

Subject: German news

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