Asma al-Assad, the Syrian president's wife
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Syria: EU puts sanctions on President Assad's wife

A travel ban and asset freeze has been imposed on the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by EU foreign ministers.

Asma al-Assad and 12 other people were added to the sanctions list, with her husband already on the list.

She cannot be refused entry to the UK because she is a British citizen but Foreign Secretary William Hague said she was unlikely to travel to the UK while sanctions were in force, as Jeremy Bowen reports.

  • 23 Mar 2012