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Assad involved in crimes: UN

Geneva, Dec. 2 (Reuters): Evidence collected by UN investigators probing Syrian war crimes implicates President Bashar al-Assad, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said today.

Pillay later denied having direct knowledge of their secret list of suspects, but her revealing remarks about the head of state were at odds with a policy of keeping the identity of alleged perpetrators under wraps pending any judicial process.

The UN investigators, who collect testimony independently from Pillay, have previously said the evidence points to the highest levels of Syria’s government.

“They point to the fact that the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state,” Pillay told a news conference.

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