Ex-Official Says Regime Had Threatened Hariri

From Times Wire Reports

Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam, a onetime stalwart of the ruling Baath Party, said Syria had threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri months before he was assassinated.

Khaddam made the claim as he declared a formal break with President Bashar Assad in an interview from Paris with the pan-Arab satellite channel Al Arabiya, criticizing the regime and citing corruption and its failure to reform.

A United Nations inquiry has implicated Syria in Hariri’s killing. Syria denies involvement.