Refaat Assad to Stand Trial in France

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Refaat Assad to Stand Trial in France

France is set to try Refaat Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bachar Assad, on graft charges, accusing him of using his country's public funds to establish his own €90 million property empire.

AFP news agency cited a trial order document as saying that Refaat Assad will stand trial for laundering the proceeds of aggravated tax fraud, embezzling Syrian funds and failing to register French security and cleaning staff.

No date has been scheduled yet.

Refaat Assad, who served as Syria's vice-president, fled his country in 1984 after a failed coup against his brother Hafez Assad.

He reportedly owns two Paris townhouses, a stud farm and a chateau, as well as 7,300 square metres of office space in Lyon.