EU’S TOP COURT UP­HOLDS AS­SET FREEZE FOR AS­SAD’S COUSIN

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

BRUS­SELS: The Euro­pean Union’s top court Thurs­day up­held an as­set freeze for a cousin of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad, say­ing the EU had shown him to be linked to the govern­ment. In 2011, the EU in­cluded busi­ness­man Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the Syr­ian pres­i­dent, on a list of peo­ple to be hit with as­set freezes and a travel ban be­cause of the govern­ment’s ac­tions in the coun­try’s civil war. Makhlouf had fought the as­set freeze for the pe­riod of May 29, 2016, to May 31, 2017, at the EU’s Gen­eral Court, which re­jected his claim. He later ap­pealed that de­ci­sion. “The Court dis­misses Mr. Makhlouf’s ap­peal and thus con­firms that the re­stric­tive mea­sures against him must be main­tained for the pe­riod 2016-2017,” the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice said, adding the EU had shown him to be as­so­ci­ated with and pro­vid­ing sup­port for the Syr­ian govern­ment. –

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