Pivotal Witness in Mehlis Report is a Convicted Swindler
The creditability of one of the key witnesses in special
investigator Detlev Mehlis’ report on the Hariri murder case is in
doubt. Suheir Sadik is a multiply convicted swindler.
By DER SPIEGEL
SPIEGEL " -- -- Hamburg – The alleged intelligence
agent al-Sadik, 42, on whose testimony a considerable portion of the
investigation is based, has been convicted of , embezzlement and
fraud, among other crimes. Even within the UN Commission
investigating the murder of Lebanon’s former Prime Minster Rafik
al-Hariri, which presented its report on Thursday, there is doubt of
the credibility of the Syrian witness.
Sources within UN circles say that Sadik had undeniably lied. At
first he had claimed to have left Beirut in the month prior to the
deed. Then, at the end of September he admitted to having been
involved in the implementation of the assassination. Apparently
Sadik had received money from a third party for his testimony.
According to a statement by his brother, Sadik had called him from
Paris in late summer and said “I’ve become a millionaire!”
The skepticism is also nurtured by the fact that the contact to
Mhelis was initiated through the Syrian dissident Rifaat al-Assad,,
an uncle of President Bashir al-Assad, who opposes the regime in
Damascus. Sadik is supposed to have made his apartment in the Beirut
suburb Chalda available for several preparatory meetings in which
Syrian intelligence officers participated. Sadik himself claims to
have collected information for Syrian Intelligence in Lebanon’s
Palestinian refugee camps.
The Syrian administration had already made a dossier with
incriminating evidence about Sadik available to Western governments
weeks ago, which was to show that Mehlis had been had by a notorious
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