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France opens probe into Assad uncle’s French assets

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Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of the Syrian dictator
Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of the Syrian dictator
AFP, Paris, 30 Sep 2013 - Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the assets in France of Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of the Syrian president, a judicial source told AFP on Monday.
The probe follows a criminal complaint filed on September 13 by anti-corruption groups Sherpa and Transparency International alleging the 66-year-old had illegally acquired “extraordinary wealth”.

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