Saturday, January 21, 2006

Asef Shawkat's assests frozen

U.S. Freezes Assets of Syria's Intelligence Director:

The United States froze the U.S. assets of Syrian military intelligence director Asef Shawkat, accusing him of fomenting terrorism against Israel and backing Syria's role in Lebanon.

The move represented increased pressure on Syria to cooperate with a U.N. inquiry of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a Beirut bomb blast on Feb. 14.

The State Department called Shawkat "a key architect of Syria's domination of Lebanon."


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