The French judiciary reinforced its decision to confiscate the property of Rifaat al-Assad, the exiled brother of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, and rejected his appeals against the decision, Agence France Presse reported on Friday.
Assad, who is suspected of owning this property after embezzling money from Syria, was forced into exile in the 1980s for trying to overthrow his older brother, Hafez al-Assad.
Among the confiscated property are two luxurious houses in Paris.
The investigation into Rifaat’s finances was triggered by Sherpa, which claims the fortune was stolen during his time at the heart of the Syrian regime.
Investigators estimated that Rifaat al-Assad and his family’s property in France is around 90 million Euros divided among real estate in Paris and offices in Lyon.
The manor of Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, Rifaat al-Assad, is seen, in Bessancourt, north of Paris, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. The 600 square metre manor whose real estate portfolio in the Paris region alone is estimated at Euros160 million.
The entrance of Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, Rifaat al-Assad's manor, is seen, in Bessancourt, north of Paris, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. AP