Spanish court wants to try Syrian leader’s uncle for money laundering

Spain’s High Court

Spain’s High Court wants to try Rifaat Ali al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and 13 other people for money laundering activities.

Judge José de la Mata is targeting Rifaat Ali al-Assad, a former vice-president of Syria, eight of his children and two of his wives, among others.

After ending his probe, the investigating judge believes the group may have laundered over €600 million siphoned from Syria’s state coffers in Spain, besides other amounts in various European countries, chiefly France and the UK.