Syrias Interior Minister has committed suicide

Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK

Syrian minister 'commits suicide'

Kanaan (left) was Syria's top official in Lebanon for years
Syria's Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan has committed suicide, the official news agency in Damascus says.
He was reportedly questioned by a UN investigator last month over the murder of ex-Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

For many years Kanaan was Syria's powerful intelligence chief in Lebanon, which was dominated by Syria until its military withdrawal earlier this year.

Hours before his death, he gave what he called his "last" interview, saying he had served Lebanon with honesty.

Mr Kanaan's chief aide said that he had shot himself in the mouth at his office in the interior ministry.


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