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[Insight] INSIGHT - SYRIA - Asef Shawkat finally getting the boot?

Released on 2012-03-13 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 83830
Date 2008-03-25 15:52:09

SOURCE: Syrian businessman w/cnxn to Makhlouf

ATTRIBUTION: Source in Syria

SOURCE Reliability : C




my note -- have been writing a lot on this -- see those analyses
for reference. if htis is true, we are about to see some rumblings in the
al Assad family regime.

My source says Syrian president Bashar Asad has ordered his brother-in-law
general Asef Shawkat to step down as the chief investigator in the
assassination of Imad Muhniyye. Bashar's maternal cousin Rami Makhluf (my
source has business dealings with him)has replaced Shawkat as the
Mughniyye assassinmation investigator chief despite his modest

My source says Hizbullah has protested to Asad against the appointment of
Makhluf as the investigator. Hizbullah accuses Shawkat of having a key
role in Mughniyye's assassination and demanded interrogating him as a
primary suspect.

My source says Syrian investigations have already revealed involvement by
a Syrian army officer in Mughniyye's assassination. The officer collected
detailed intelligence about Mughniyye's movements while in Syria and in
the Biqaa vallye, during former's tenure in the central Biqaa as an
intelligence officer during the 1990s. The officer discussed security
matters with Mughniyye during two major Israeli military operations in
Lebanon (Galilee Accountability Operation in July 1993 and the Grapes of
Wrath in April 1996).