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Asma Al Assad

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Asma Al Assad, Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar, will be hit with a travel ban and have her assets in the EU frozen today.  The four women closest to President Assad are to be added to the European Union’s sanctions list at a meeting of Europe’s foreign ministers today.

The Syrian leader’s wife, mother, sister and sister-in-law will be added to the travel ban and asset freeze blacklist as the EU steps pressure on Assad’s inner circle and family.

The inclusion of Asma al-Assad follows the leak of emails detailing her shopping sprees earlier this week.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary said: “Their behaviour continues to be murdering and totally unacceptable in the eyes of the world.”

The 36-year-old former investment banker and the female relatives of regime members will join another eight government officials and two oil firms added to 114 Syrians and 38 organisations subject to freezes on their assets and bank accounts in EU member states.

EU and British officials have faith that the move will add to the “stranglehold” on the regime, though it has survived 11 previous rounds of sanctions.

Like others already listed, Mrs Assad is likely to be subject to an EU travel ban, though this would not prevent her travelling to Britain, if she has retained her British citizenship.

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