Detlev Mehlis removed five Syrian names from his report just before it was published.
He said he wanted to protect their innocence. Sources claim those names include Maher Assad (the President’s brother) and Asef Showkat (the President’s brother in law).
The names appeared in a section of the report where a witness describes who he thinks was involved.
There has not been any suggestion at any stage during the inquiry that Bashar himself is implicated.