Syria intel head 'under arrest' over Mughniyeh probe

"Head of Syrian military intelligence Maj.-Gen. Assef Shawkat has been put under heavily-guarded house arrest following the assassination of Hizbullah commander Mughniyeh, Israeli newspaper reported.

Syria intel head 'under arrest' over Mughniyeh probe

Israeli newspaper Jerusalam Post reported on Sunday "Head of Syrian military intelligence Maj.-Gen. Assef Shawkat has been put under heavily-guarded house arrest following the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, former Syrian vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam was quoted as saying Sunday".

The report said "Khaddam, who was a close ally of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Mustaqbal that the arrest was made after Shawkat claimed the probe he was conducting into Mughniyeh's death showed that the assassins came from Syria."

"Following this revelation, Shawkat was removed from the investigation which was transferred to [Syrian President Bashar Assad's cousin] Hafez Mahlof, who mulled over who to accuse in the assassination," said Khaddam.

On Sunday, Syria is set to announce the results of the probe into Mughniyeh's death.

The Ba'ath Party expelled Khaddam from Syria in 2005 after he blasted Syrian President Bashar Assad in dealings with Lebanon. He has since been living in exile in Paris.

In 2006, Khaddam announced that he was forming a "government in exile" and predicted the end of Assad's rule by the end of 2006.

Last Mod: 06 Nisan 2008, 17:41
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