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Spain set for money laundering trial against uncle of Syria’s Assad

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Spain is heading toward a money laundering trial against an uncle of Syrian president Bashar Assad, after an investigating judge finished his probe. Rifaat Assad is also facing trial in France for allegedly acquiring millions of euros worth of French property assets

Spain is heading toward a money laundering trial against an uncle of Syrian president Bashar Assad, the High Court said on Friday, after an investigating judge finished his probe.

The prosecuting office has ten days to comment on the judge’s recommendation that the case goes ahead, which is considered a formality, after which a trial start date will be set, the court said.

Two years ago, the High Court confiscated over €600 million ($663.24 million) of assets thought to be linked to Rifaat Assad.

He is a former military commander, widely held responsible for crushing an uprising in 1982 against then-president Hafez Assad, Bashar’s father. Many thousands were killed.

Rifaat Assad turned against the government in 1984 after a power struggle over who would succeed his older brother, Hafez. He now lives in exile between France and Britain.

He is also facing trial in France for allegedly acquiring millions of euros worth of French property assets.

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Article: Arab News