UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his plan to appoint Daniel Bellemare, former Canadian Deputy Attorney-General, as the next head of the independent commission tasked with investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.Â Mr. Ban sent a letter to the Security Council on November 13, detailing his intention to appointÂ Mr. Bellemare Commissioner of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC).
The IIIC was set upÂ in April 2005, after Mr. Hariri was assassinated in a massive car bombing in Beirut in Feburary of that year.Â The commision is alsoÂ investigating at least 17 other cases in Lebanon.
Secretary-General Ban hasÂ moved to establishÂ a special tribunal of an â€œinternational characterâ€ to try theÂ suspected perpetratorsÂ of Mr. Hariri’s assassinationÂ and subsequent killings in Lebanon.
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The October 2005 “Mehlis Report”Â concluded thatÂ members of the Syrian and Lebanese governments were involved inÂ Hariri’s assassination.Â The December 2005 follow-up is available here.