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Charges in Hariri murder due on Monday

The prosecutor probing the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri is to submit murder charges into the 2005 assassination on Monday, acting Labour Minister Boutros Harb said on Saturday.

BEIRUT // The prosecutor probing the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri is to submit murder charges into the 2005 assassination on Monday, acting Labour Minister Boutros Harb said on Saturday.

"According to my information, the chargesheet will be submitted on Monday," Harb told AFP by telephone, without giving details, in reaction to a report on Saturday in the French daily Le Monde.

The newspaper said on its Internet site that prosecutor Daniel Bellemare in the Hariri murder probe will present his findings to pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen who needs to examine them before a formal indictment can be issued.

The Lebanese government headed by Hariri's son, Saad Hariri, collapsed on Wednesday after the powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies resigned in a dispute over the UN-backed probe.

Le Monde, citing sources close to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon based in The Hague, said that members of Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, will be targeted in the chargesheet.