Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The EU avoids Syrian President Asad punish but punish your brother

The European Union has included the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar Assad among the 13 officials who will be enacted by the repression of protests in Syria, according to published today by the EU's Official Journal. Maher Assad, born in 1967, is the younger brother of the leader of Syria and will be punished for being "head of the Fourth Army Division, a member of the central command of the Baath, the strongman of the Republican Guard chief enforcer of repression against demonstrators.

" In the list of people who suffer the freezing of assets in the EU and the ban on entry visas to EU territory are other senior Syrian officials, but is not the president. The Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Chaar, Chief of General Intelligence, Ali Mamluk, and prominent businessman Rami Majluf also included in the list, along with leaders of the army and militia Shabih.

These 13 individuals were responsible for violent repression against the civilian population through its involvement as senior or financing of such acts, according to official EU document. The sanctions on the Syrian regime, which also include the seizure of weapons and equipment used for repression, were formally approved yesterday by the Twenty-seven, and come into force on Tuesday with its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

This first package of measures to Syria are those that have been imposed in twenty-seven previous cases against the regimes that have suppressed violently unleashed the wave of demonstrations in the Arab world in recent months. Although the sanctions list is Bashar Assad, the Syrian president could be affected in the near future if they decide to revise the listing Twenty and expand.

The European diplomat, Catherine Ashton, said yesterday that if not carried out political reforms in Syria, the EU "will consider the extension of restrictive measures," even "at the highest level of leadership." Since the beginning of the riots in Syria in mid-March, clashes caused by the crackdown have killed over 631 civilians and 120 police officers and the Syrian Army, according to the NGO the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights .

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