It seems to be a test to push the limits of Syria’s ‘full co-operation’. But such a test will again raise questions over the political nature of Mehlis’s investigation.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Ash-Sharaa, who delivered an incredibly hostile speech to the UN Security Council, replied by giving his full acceptance of the demand.
1 of the 6 who is due to travel to Lebanon for questioning is Bashar Al-Assad’s brother-in-law Maher Al-Assad. Some of the others are said to be:
-Major-General Bahjat Suleiman, the former head of Syria’s domestic intelligence
-Brigadier-General Rustum Ghazale, the Syrian intelligence head in Lebanon when Hariri was assassinated
-Jameh Jameh, Ghazleh’s deputy
These four names were given by the Lebanese who Mehlis summoned as ‘witnesses’ in his first report – among them anti-Syrian commentators and politicians, including An-Nahar editor-in-chief Jubran Tuwaini.