France: Verdict in French graft trial of Bashar al-Assad’s uncle

A Paris court will give its verdict Wednesday in a trial on money laundering charges for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, who amassed a fortune in France over several decades.

Rifaat al-Assad, 82, may not be in the dock for judgement, having been hospitalised last December during his trial with internal bleeding.

The younger brother of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad — father of the incumbent president — is standing trial in Paris for crimes allegedly committed between 1984 and 2016, including aggravated tax fraud and misappropriation of Syrian funds.

The full original article can be found at france24.com

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