MOSCOW, March 14 – RIA Novosti. UK police have launched a preliminary investigation into Syrian First Lady Asma Assad on suspicion of being guilty of inciting terrorist attacks during the Syrian civil war, according to the Sunday Times.
“We can confirm that the Police War Crimes Unit … received a complaint related to the ongoing Syrian conflict on July 31, 2020. The complaint is in the process of being reviewed by the War Crimes Unit,” a police spokesman said.
Due to suspicions of war crimes, Asma Assad could face possible prosecution and loss of British citizenship, the newspaper notes.
According to the newspaper, the police launched a preliminary investigation after the international bar association Guernica 37 sent “evidence of the power of the first lady in the ruling class and open support for the Syrian armed forces.”
As the newspaper notes, it is unlikely that the first lady will arrive in the UK for a trial, and it is unclear whether the case will go to court in her absence. The newspaper speculates that an Interpol red bulletin could be issued to prevent it from traveling outside Syria without facing arrest.
Asma Assad is a Syrian-born UK native who was born and spent most of her life in London, where she worked for an investment bank until her marriage in 2000. The UK Border Agency has confirmed she is still British. War in Syria