BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the French authorities sentenced the uncle of Bashar Al-Assad, Rifaat Al-Assad, to four years in prison.
The court further called for the the confiscation of all properties owned by Rifaat Al-Assad in France, as well as the confiscation of one of the real estate assets in London, amounting to 29 million euros.
Reuters quoted a lawyer as saying that his client “will appeal against the decision of the French court.”
Rifaat Al-Assad was convicted of money laundering charges, which first surfaced in 2016.
It is noteworthy to mention that Rifaat Al-Assad is the uncle of the Syrian President, he has not lived in Syria since the mid-1980s.
He was involved in a coup against his brother, Hafez, who was then president of Syria and recovering from a heart ailment.
Rifaat was exiled from Syria and only allowed to return to the country on one occasion for the funeral of his mother.