October 18, 2021

A French court has sentenced Bashar al-Assad to four years in prison for financial crimes.

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The Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld the criminal verdict against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle for embezzling public funds in Syria, creating a large portfolio of property with booty and illicit profits in France.

The court upheld the four-year sentence against the 84-year-old last year. رفعت الاسد۔, Which he will not have to serve in his old age.

But its confiscation. French The real estate asset, valued at 90 million euros (6 106 million), which was ordered in its initial lawsuit, will now move forward.

Allegedly to command troops who revolted in the Middle East. the evening. In 1982, Assad has been under investigation in France since 2014.

Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad’s younger brother – the current president’s father – was tried for alleged crimes between 1984 and 2016, including tax fraud and misuse of Syrian funds.

A Paris court last June rejected charges against Assad from 1984 to 1996, but found him guilty of systematic money laundering between 1996 and 2016. He was also convicted of tax fraud.

Syria’s Rifat al-Assad: From ‘Butcher Huma’ to real estate tycoon.

Former Syrian Vice President Assad left his homeland in 1984 after a failed coup against his brother Hafez, who led Syria from 1971 to 2000.

After arriving in Europe, Rifat al-Assad’s lavish lifestyle, four wives and 16 children soon raised eyebrows.

Its French fortunes include two townhouses in the chic Paris neighborhood, a stud farm, about 40 apartments and a chatto.

Assad and his family also built up a huge portfolio of properties in Spain, valued at about 5,695 million euros, which were confiscated by authorities in 2017.

Assad’s lawyers, who were awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1986, have said all of their money is legal.

The French case against Assad began in 2013 with a lawsuit filed by the anti-corruption campaign group Sherpa.

Describing Thursday’s decision as “encouraging”, Sherpa said in a statement that he hoped the courts would now step up the fight against illicit funds in France.

(AFP)

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