Syrian dictator’s British-born wife Asma al-Assad to be stripped of her UK citizenship

April 16, 2017 | By | Reply More

Asma al-Assad,  the Syrian president ’s British-born wife, is facing calls to be stripped of her UK citizenship after she was accused of propping up his propaganda operation.

asma al-assadMrs Assad, a former investment banker who married Assad in 2000, has at least three official social media accounts under her name, which are used to praise the Syrian regime’s “martyrs” and attack the West.

The first lady is followed by more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, Facebook and Telegram.

Last weekend an Instagram account under her name was used to respond to President Donald Trump’s air strikes against a Syrian air base, which came in response to a chemical weapons attack by her husband’s regime.

The post said: “The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a short-sightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign.”

Her husband has also accused the US of fabricating the chemical attack to justify a military strike, even as British investigators confirmed the use of toxic sarin gas.

Assad was born to Syrian parents in London and educated at Queens College, a private girls school, and Kings College London, where she graduated with a degree in computer science in 1996.

She is subject to European Union sanctions that make it illegal to render her economic assistance and ban her from travelling in the European Union with the exception of the UK, because she holds British nationality.

Removing her UK citizenship is unlikely to be rejected as illegal, because she is understood to be British- Syrian dual national.

The Home Secretary has the powers to do so under the British Nationality Act if she decides that such a move would be “conducive to the public good”.

The Liberal Democrats will send an official letter to the Home Office today, calling for her citizenship to be revoked.

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