“SYRIA” - RISK FACTOR ASSESSMENT ACCORDING TO IMPLICATING UN REPORT TO BE RELEASED!!!
DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW by Monte Friesner
Financial Crime Consultant for WANTED SA
Wednesday October 13, 2010
WANTED SA has been informed today that an investigating judge in Damascus has issued arrest warrants for 33 individuals whom he alleges fabricated testimony implicating Syria in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and several others, killed when a massive bomb detonated in a Beirut motorcade in 2005.
These charges, which many claim are politically motivated, are reportedly intended to disrupt the upcoming implicating report on the assassination by the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon that have named "Judges, Security Officers, Politicians, Journalists, Lebanese, Arab, Foreign Officials and individuals," according to a senior Lebanese official.
Most troubling is the fact that, since the assassination took place in Lebanon, the Syrian courts would have no jurisdiction.
Amongst those charged by Syria:
- Detlev Mehlis, the German former UN Special Tribunal prosecutor in the Hariri investigation.
- Ashraf Rifi, the Commissioner of Police in Lebanon.
- Marwan Hamadeh, Rifi's deputy.
- Saeed Mirza, the head Lebanese Prosecutor.
- Charles Rizk, the former Lebanese Justice Minister
- Abdel Halim Khadda, the exiled former Vice President of Syria.
This is obviously a government-sponsored action, designed to distract attention from the soon-to-be-released deadly UN Report. Such acts indicate the probable absence of the rule of law, and demonstrate that the dangers to foreign investment in Syria, or even single international financial transactions involving Syrian companies, are simply too high to risk at this time.
It is suggested that you review your current assessment of country risk for Syria.
We would like to thank our law firm in Israel for the update report we have received.
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