Bashar Assad’s wife banned from entering EU

Geoff Meade
The Independent
March 24, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague today welcomed “another tightening of the screw” against the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad as his wife was banned from travelling to the EU.

However there was confusion about whether British-born Asma-al-Assad, 36, could legally be banned from the UK after Europe’s foreign ministers added her to a EU list of undesirables.

The president’s wife joins a register of more than 100 members of the ruling regime – which already includes her husband – whose European travel visas are blocked and whose European-held financial assets are frozen.

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