Syria says it might not cooperate with a UN-backed court investigating the murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. In a speech to parliament that stressed the need to preserve Syrian jurisdiction over possible Syrian suspects in the killing, President Bashar al-Assad said he would not allow Syrian sovereignty to be undermined. “The issue of the International Court is strictly between Lebanon and the United Nations. It does not concern us directly,” he said.
Assad has denied his country’s involvement in Hariri’s killing two years ago but he says any Syrian found to be involved will be tried by a Syrian court. A UN investigation has implicated Lebanese and Syrian security officials in the assassination. But a political crisis in Beirut has paralysed parliament and blocked any attempts to get Lebanon to approve the court.