Judge visits Beirut to probe journalist's murder

5th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

BEIRUT, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere arrived Wednesday in Beirut as part of a probe into the June 2005 assassination of Lebanese-French journalist Samir Kassir.

BEIRUT, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere arrived Wednesday in Beirut as part of a probe into the June 2005 assassination of Lebanese-French journalist Samir Kassir.

Bruguiere, who made no comment at Beirut airport, was due to meet judicial authorities during his first visit to Lebanon since Kassir's wife, Gisele Khoury, last year requested a French criminal investigation into the murder.

Khoury, herself a journalist with Al-Arabiya television, decided to seek a French inquiry because her Lebanese husband also held French nationality and after complaining that the initial Lebanese probe proved incompetent.

She took action under a French law allowing her to file a complaint against "person or persons unknown."

US Federal Bureau of Investigation and French police experts had visited Lebanon at the government's request to help investigate the murder of Kassir by a bomb placed in his car outside the couple's Beirut home.

Kassir was a prominent editorialist in the leading An-Nahar newspaper who often wrote virulent criticism of Syria's domination of Lebanese political life.

He was killed in one of a series of acts of political violence over the past two years, and which have been widely blamed on Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies. Both parties deny the allegations.

The assassinations of several figures critical of Syria's role in Lebanon - mainly the February 14, 2005 murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri - forced Damascus to end 29 years of military presence in Lebanon later that year.

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Subject: French News

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