Detlev Mehils has arrived in Damascus – his convoy protected by an umbrella of Syrian Army helicopters.
The reports do not come from a reputable source – the Kuwaiti gossip rag As-Siyassiyeh. As-Siyassiyeh carries virulant anti-Syrian stories almost daily, almost none of which turn out to be true.
Ghazleh was the feared head of Syrian Military Intelligence in Lebanon, during Syria’s presence. He was one of the ‘old guard’ – a powerful opponent of Bashar’s liberalisation.
He is said to have been sidelined since the Party Conference in May, where Bashar moved anti-reform figures out, and replaced them with people closer to his line.
Mehlis’s meetings are being kept under wraps, but he will definately meet Ghazaleh, Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan, and the two heads of Beirut security Mohammed Khallouf and Jameh Jameh. He may meet Bashar to discuss meeting other officials. But Mehlis has been careful to point out that there are no Syrian suspects, only witnesses.
Mehils brings with him 24 investigators and translators.