Tuesday 25 July 2017

MPs call for Syrian president's wife to lose British citizenship

The Queen received Asma Assad and Syrian president Bashar Assad at Buckingham Palace in 2012
The Queen received Asma Assad and Syrian president Bashar Assad at Buckingham Palace in 2012

MPs are urging the Government to remove the UK citizenship of Syrian president Bashar Assad's British-born wife.

A group of Liberal Democrats sent a letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday, saying Asma Assad should not be able to represent her husband and retain British nationality.

MP Tom Brake said Asma Assad should either stop defending Syria's "barbaric acts" or lose her citizenship.

"The first lady of Syria has acted not as a private citizen but as a spokesperson for the Syrian presidency," said Mr Brake.

Britain has called for her husband to leave the presidency and condemned his use of chemical weapons.

Asma Assad was educated in Britain and worked as an investment banker before she married in 2000.

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