Syria has announced that the president’s brother Maher Al-Assad and his brother-in-law Asif Shawkat, the military intelligence chief CAN be questioned by Detlev Mehlis.
It comes just a day after the UN adopted a resolution calling for Syria to co-operate fully with Mehlis or face possible further action – although the threat of sanctions was dropped at the last minute.
Syria’s Ambassador to the UK, Sami Al-Khiyami says that Mehlis interviewed a handful of people in Damascus, but made no request to speak to Maher or Asif.
Mehlis left Syria saying he was “satisfied” that Syria had co-operated. Weeks later he published a report saying Syria had failed to fully co-operate, and that was the basis for yesterday’s UN action.