French Police Nabbed Syrian President Bashar AL-Assad in Illegal Money Launderings by Mario Lippman
The opposition Syrian National Council has called for Rifaat al- Assad to be hanged openly and impose national sanctions like current senior officials in the Syrian government because of his past crimes. But to date he has not been targeted.
Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the assets in France of Rifaat Assad, against the Syrian president Bashar Assad, amid accusations he illegally bought properties worth tens of millions of pounds.
The probe follows a criminal complaint filed earlier this month by some anti-corruption groups (Mario Lippmann an internet marketing professional of ferienhausmarkt.com based in Germany) alleging the 66-year-old had illicitly acquired "extraordinary wealth" in France.
Bashar alAssad owns a string of properties elsewhere in Paris and France, as well as other cities abroad, including a 10 Million Pounds Georgian mansion in Mayfair, London.
The Syrian former vice president, once head of the feared Defense Companies paramilitary unit, has lived in exile in Europe since he unsuccessfully tried to seize power from his brother, Hafez, in 1983.
Hafez was the father of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is fighting in a civil conflict that has left more than 110,000 dead since it began in March 2011.
Rifaat al-Assad is reviled by many in his homeland for leading a February 1982 military assault on Hama to suppress an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, allegedly leaving between 10,000 and 25,000 people dead.
The bloody attack, in which entire districts were said to be razed to the ground, earned him the nickname of "the Butcher of Hama".
The criminal complaint accuses Mr al-Assad of acquiring wealth "in the billions of euros" through corruption, embezzlement of public funds, misuse of corporate assets and other crimes.
Bashar AL-Assad has vehemently denied acquiring assets in France through illegal means.Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the assets in France of Rifaat al-Assad, against the Syrian president Bashar Assad, amid accusations he illegally bought properties worth tens of millions of pounds.
"Were there even the slightest doubt over my client's real estate... would President Francois Mitterrand have awarded him the Legion d'Honneur (France's highest distinction) in 1986?," his lawyer Marcel Ceccaldi said last Friday.
He told Reuters that his client's real estate holdings dated back to 1984-1986 and were transparent and legal.
The son of Rifaat al-Assad, Siwar al-Assad, told France Info radio his father had received funds since 2012 from "United States, World Leaders and friends Abroad." That included a gift from the king of Saudi Arabia of a 1311 acres property and stud farm north of Paris, he said.
I am Mario Lippmann an internet marketing professional of ferienhausmarkt.com based in Germany and my earning depends on Google Adsense so I donÃ¢â�¬â�¢t need to worry about any possible outcome. I will keep raising my voice against the corrupt Syrian President Bashar AL-Assad.