Swiss sanctions target Assad’s wife

Switzerland has extended sanctions against the Syrian regime to include the mother and wife of President Bashar al-Assad.

This content was published on April 23, 2012 - 11:05 and agencies

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) said on Monday it had added a number of people to the list of those sanctioned to include key personalities close to the regime.

Along with Assad’s wife Asma and mother Anisa, his sister Bushra and sister-in-law Manal – wife of younger brother Maher who heads the Republican Guard – have also been targeted with sanctions.

The Swiss sanctions, which will see assets frozen and a restriction on travel to Switzerland, are in line with those imposed by the European Union a month ago.

In total, 127 people and 40 businesses are subject to Swiss sanctions intended to add pressure to the Syrian regime as it pursues a bloody repression of anti-government protesters.  

Thirteen months of violence have left more than 9,000 people dead, according to the United Nations.

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