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Bashar al-Assad relatives denied UK citizenship

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The British government refused to grant Syrian President bashar al-Assad’s relatives the UK citizenship, stating that this would undermine the country’s opposing stance against his bloody regime, The Daily Mail reported.

Assad’s aunt and three cousins appealed the decision at a secret immigration tribunal, however, The Daily Mail reported that their challenge has been rejected by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

The newspaper added that the judges admitted to not knowing how close the relatives were to the dictator, however, their priority was the damage this would cause Britain’s reputation if they allowed the citizenships.

Among the applicants was one of the wives of Assad’s uncle, Rifaat al-Assad. Two of her sons who had been living in the UK for over a decade were also rejected citizenship.