Former Syrian VP gets life over Hariri

Self-exiled former Vice President of Syria Khaddam resigned as Syria's vice president in 2005 to join the opposition and now lives in Paris.

Former Syrian VP gets life over Hariri

Self-exiled former Vice President of Syria Abdul-Halim Khaddam has been found guilty by a military court of lying to U.N. investigators about the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, and was sentenced to hard labor for life.

"Judge Mohammed Kaddour Assad of the Damascus first military criminal court has handed Abdel Halim Khaddam 13 sentences, including hard labor for life," lawyer Hossam Eddine al-Habash said.

The court has ordered that Khaddam, in his seventies, be stripped of his civil rights and prevented from residing in Damascus or Tartus, his native town, Habash said.

Khaddam resigned as Syria's vice president in 2005 to join the opposition and now lives in Paris.

He is also accused of "conspiracy to unlawfully seize political power" and of having "illegitimate links with the Zionist enemy, undermining the prestige of the state and of national sentiment and worst of all, plotting with a foreign country to launch an aggression against Syria."

According to Habash, Syrian authorities will ask Interpol to cooperate in a bid to bring Khaddam to face the courts at home.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2008, 18:39
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