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Syrian President welcomes back his exiled uncle

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle Rifaat al-Assad has returned to the country after 37 years in exile…reports Asian Lite News

The President has allowed the return of his uncle, who left Syria in 1984 after mounting a failed coup against his brother Hafez al-Assad who ruled Syria from 1971 to 2000, Xinhua news agency quoted the al-Watan newspaper report as saying late Friday.

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Saying Rifaat arrived in Syria on Thursday and would serve no political or social position, the al-Watan report said that the his return came against the backdrop of a verdict by a French court that sentenced him to four years in prison for financial crimes.

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Rifaat’s assets, worth $106 million, and his assets in Spain valued at about $804 have all been confiscated over the past few years.

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