Then-outgoing Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri waves after a speech in Beirut in March 2011
Then-outgoing Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri waves after a speech in Beirut in March 2011. Damascus has issued a warrant for the arrest of Lebanese former prime minister Hariri, accusing him of sending weapons to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, the state SANA news agency reported on Wednesday. © - AFP/File
Then-outgoing Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri waves after a speech in Beirut in March 2011
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Last updated: December 12, 2012

Damascus issues arrest warrant for Lebanon's Hariri

Damascus has issued a warrant for the arrest of Lebanese former prime minister Saad Hariri, accusing him of sending weapons to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, the state SANA news agency reported on Wednesday.

"The state prosecutor in Damascus has issued arrest warrants against Saad Hariri and against Okab Sakr," an opposition member of the Lebanese parliament, SANA said.

A Lebanese security official confirmed the report, noting that the warrants "were received yesterday by the Lebanese authorities."

The warrants were issued after Lebanese media outlets close to Assad's regime published wiretaps that apparently implicated Sakr in making arms shipments to Syrian rebels.

Last week, Sakr held a press conference claiming the recordings were distorted.

On Monday, a Lebanese military court summoned a senior adviser to Assad to testify in a case against a former Lebanese minister accused of plotting bombings at Syria's behest.

The governing coalition in Lebanon, which was dominated militarily and politically by Damascus for 30 years, is largely sympathetic to Assad's regime, but the Saudi- and Western-backed opposition is implacably opposed.

Hariri, scion of a billionaire business dynasty, spends most of his time outside Lebanon in France or Saudi Arabia.

His father Rafiq Hariri, who also served as prime minister, was killed in a massive truck bombing on the Beirut seafront in 2005.

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