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Syrian president allows exiled uncle to return to Syria, pro-government newspaper says

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DAMASCUS, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has allowed his exiled uncle Rifaat to return to Syria, pro-government Al Watan newspaper stated on Friday, citing sources.

“Rifaat Al-Assad arrived in Damascus yesterday, in order to prevent his imprisonment in France after a court ruling was issued and after the confiscation of his property and money in Spain as well,” it added.

Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the Al Watan report.

A former Syrian vice president who was despatched into exile within the Eighties, Assad was residing in France, the place he was put beneath investigation for tax fraud and money-laundering.

He was handed a 4 yr jail sentence earlier this yr that he was unlikely to serve due to his age however the ruling cleared the best way for all his property in France to be seized.

His properties in Spain had been confiscated earlier than that on the again of a cash laundering investigation as effectively.

Rifaat al-Assad is extensively held accountable for the suppression of an Islamist rebellion in 1982 in opposition to then-president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar’s father. Many 1000’s had been killed.

He left Syria after a failed coup in opposition to Hafez al-Assad in 1984.

The al-Watan report cited sources as saying that he would play no political or social position.

Reporting by Kinda Makieh
Writing by Ahmad Elhamy and Maha El Dahan
Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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