Bashar al-Assad's uncle faces embezzlement trial in Paris

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The uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad will go on trial today in Paris on charges of embezzling his country to buy property worth at least €90m in France. Rifaat al-Assad, 82, who denies the charges and reportedly splits his time between France and Britain, will not be present in court for “medical reasons”, his lawyers said. The trial is one of a string of so called “ill-gotten gains” cases being brought in France against members of...

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