The body of Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan has been moved to his home town for a low-key funeral, a day after officials said he killed himself with a bullet to the brain.
His apparent suicide comes 3 weeks after he was questioned by UN investigators probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.
Kanaan was once Syria’s feared powerbroker in Lebanon where as intelligence chief he had a reputatiion for being ruthless. The day before he died, he said he had answered all the questions posed by the investigating committee
Next week the UN’s chief investigator is due to present his findings into Hariri’s killing in February, in which Damascus denies any role.
President Bashar al-Assad is reported as saying that Syria was NOT involved in Hariri’s killing and that he could never have ordered it.
On the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, opinion is divided, with some people unsure as to whether he committed suicide or was killed, and others certain he was killed to mask Hariri’s assasination.
Meanwhile speculation continues in newspapers as well as amongst politicians as to exactly how Kanaan came to die.