TeleSur English Posted Mon., April 17, 2017
Members of the British Parliament are gunning for the revocation of the UK citizenship of the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s wife.
Asma Assad is believed to hold both British and Syrian citizenships. She was born and raised in London and also worked as an investment banker at JPMorgan. She reportedly met Bashar Assad in the 1990s and married him in 2000, after he assumed the office of president.
According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), Member of Parliament Tom Brake said that the UK Government should tell her to “either stop using your position to defend barbaric acts or be stripped of your citizenship.”
He further stated that the onus will be on the UK Government to deprive Asma Assad of her citizenship or demonstrate that her actions are not seriously prejudicial to vital British interests.
Provisions in British law allow the government to revoke the British citizenship of dual-nationality persons suspected of terrorist activities.
A spokesperson from the British Home Office told AFP that “we cannot discuss individual cases, but the Home Secretary can deprive individuals of their citizenship where it is conducive to the public good to do so.”