Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and a former investment banker, will be included in the "black list" drawn up by the European Union following the repression of the opposition in Syria, reported Tuesday the Daily Telegraph, citing diplomatic sources.
"The names of some members of the Assad family will be added to the list," said the source.
The newspaper said the extension of the "black list" should be approved at the next meeting of European foreign ministers scheduled for 23 March in Brussels.
European assets of persons subject to EU sanctions will be frozen, while their owners are prohibited from entering the territory of EU member countries. At the same time, these restrictions will not prevent the Syrian first lady to visit the UK as Mrs. Assad was born in London and holds British citizenship.
According to the Daily Telegraph, European diplomats have decided to add Mrs. Assad to the list of sanctioned individuals following the recent publication by the Guardian newspaper of several emails sent by the Assad couple. According to the Guardian, these mails, whose total number amounted to more than 3,000, were intercepted by the Supreme Council of the the Syrian Revolution, an opposition group to Assad's regime.
Meanwhile, Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant group claimed responsibility for last weekend’s suicide car bombings in central Damascus to avenge the Syrian regime’s “massacre of Sunnis,” in a statement posted online Wednesday.
On Saturday, a bomb planted in a car went off outside the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Headquarters and another explosion hit a security police building in Damascus, killing 27 people and injuring 97. On Sunday, two people were killed and 30 others were injured in a car bomb attack in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Moreover, three more Syrian generals have fled the country to join rebels, according to a Turkish diplomat, bringing to nine the number of generals who have deserted.