The man charged with investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has a formidable reputation and very relevant experience.
German Detlev Mehlis has delved into the murky world of state-sponsored crime before.
His long investigation into the 1986 bombing of La Belle nightclub in Berlin, which killed two US soldiers and a Turkish woman, eventually concluded in 2001 with the conviction of four people, including a former Libyan diplomat.
A German court found the attack was run by Libya's secret service.
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