Interesting gossip going around. They say Assef Shawkat, head of the Syrian Military Intelligence is under house arrest for his participation in killing Mughnieyh and that his fate will mirror that of Ghazi Kanaan, another high Syrian official, who committed suicide in October of 2005.
According to US sponsored Syrian opposition leader Farid Ghadry: The rumors of Shawkat's demise or house arrest were circulated fast on the Internet. There are other rumours that his wife Bushra is seeking political asylum in Dubai after being refused political asylum in France. The Iranians are betting that if Shawkat is incapacitated, Iran can fill the void thus control its influence in and of Damascus and the Saudis are betting that with Shawkat out of the way, they can force Assad to maneuver his ship closer to the Arab shore long abandoned by him.