The eldest son of the late National Defense Forces (NDF) leader Hilal Al-Assad has been reportedly sentenced by the Syrian Municipal Courts to 20 years in prison for the crime of murder, which was committed on August 8th, 2015 in Latakia City.
Suleiman Hilal Al-Assad was arrested by the Syrian authorities for the murder of Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh of the Syrian Arab Army’s Engineering Corps after a minor car accident in Latakia City.
Two days after the crime, Suleiman Al-Assad was arrested at a farm in the town of Kalmakho (Qurdaha District), which is located outside of the provincial capital of Latakia.
Several witnesses confirmed that on the night of August 8th, Suleiman opened fire on the vehicle of Colonel Al-Sheikh, killing him before he fled the scene of the crime.
While Suleiman Al-Assad was in the custody of the Syrian authorities, several publications reported that he was free and not charged with any crime; however, sources from the government have confirmed that these rumors were false and that Suleiman was denied bond.
If Suleiman Al-Assad was tried by a military tribunal, he would have likely faced the death penalty; however, the crime was not committed while the defendant was on duty.