E.U. Imposes Sanctions On British Born Syrian First Lady, Asma Assad, Wife Of Bashar al-Assad
The E.U. in a further tightening of its sanctions against Syria, has imposes sanctions against Syria president Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma Assad. Asma Assad is 36 years old and was born in London, where she has spent much of her life and still has British Citizenship.
As part of the sanctions, she is banned from traveling or flying in any E.U. member country, and her assets in the E.U. have been frozen. The foreign ministers also imposed the same sanctions on President Bashar Assad's mother, sister and sister-in-law, and eight government ministers, in a continuing attempt to stop the bloody crackdown on opposition in the country.
CBS news is reporting that Syrian opposition members obtained emails believed to be from the Assad inner circlet hat show Asma had a taste for fine luxury goods from around the world and spent lavishly at the expense of the Syrian people.
The emails, obtained by The Guardian newspaper, suggest the president's wife joked about her husband being labeled a dictator and continued shopping for luxury goods even during the height of the regime's brutal crackdown on opponents.