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U.K. Home Secretary urged to revoke Syrian President's wife's British citizenship

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U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been urged to consider revoking the British passport of Asma al-Assad, the U.K.-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after her posts in support of his regime.

The Liberal Democrats, led by their foreign affairs spokesman Tom Brake, have written to Rudd calling on her to use her powers to withdraw Asma Assad's citizenship, The Guardian reports.

"The first lady of Syria has acted not as a private citizen but as a spokesperson for the Syrian presidency. Boris Johnson has urged other countries to do more about Syria, but the British could say to Asma Assad, either stop using your position to defend barbaric acts, or be stripped of your citizenship," Brake said.

The Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi backed the call, saying she was "very much part of the propaganda machine that is committing war crimes."

Earlier, after the U.S. counterstrike on the Bashar al-Assad regime, a message was posted on one of Asma's accounts saying, "The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a shortsightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign."

Asma Assad worked as an investment banker in Britain before she married in 2000.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 02:14 IST
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