Imad Mugniyah
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Syria: 'Important results' in Mugniyah murder probe

Damascus plans to wait with publication of findings of investigation into Hizbullah commander's assassination until after Arab League meeting next week. Sources say probe points to involvement of Arab country in killing

Syria has reached "important results" in its investigation of the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mugniyah earlier this month, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi reported Wednesday, quoting Syrian sources.


According to the report, the Syrian regime has decided to wait with the publication of the investigation results until after the Arab League meets in Damascus next week.


According to the sources, these results prove that an intelligence organization of an Arab country helped Israel assassinate Mugniyah and that Lebanese and Palestinian elements had also assisted in the killing.


Arab sources interpreted the remarks as a Syrian signaling to Arab states with which it has bad relations on the campaign it plans to launch against them.


Saudi King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who met Monday, believe that Syrian President Bashar Assad is the one preventing the election of a new Lebanese president. Mubarak even claimed that "Assad is part of the problem."


For the time being, the Syrians are planning not to make any statements, at least until after the Arab summit next week. They are attempting not to deepen the intra-Arab crisis and wait for the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia to attend the meeting, in which Damascus has invested large sums of money.


If these leaders fail to show up, it is assumable that Damascus will openly accuse at least one of them of cooperating with Israel in the Mugniyah assassination.


פרסום ראשון: 02.27.08, 09:27
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