Assad's uncle charged in Paris with corruption

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Assads uncle charged in Paris with corruption
Rifaat al-Assad during an interview in Paris in 2011

Paris - Rifaat Al Assad was placed under investigation for amassing a fortune of 90 million euros


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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2016, 1:31 PM

Last updated: Tue 28 Jun 2016, 3:34 PM

Paris prosecutors have charged the uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad with corruption, an anti-graft group said Tuesday.
Rifaat Al Assad, 78, who was Syria's vice president in the 1980s, was placed under investigation in April for amassing a 90-million-euro ($100-million) fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria "with nothing" 30 years ago.
Sherpa, a Paris-based group that defends victims of corruption, told AFP Assad was charged on June 9.

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