British MPs call for Assad's wife to lose UK citizenship

The Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom are calling for the British-born wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to be stripped of her citizenship.

The UK's Liberal Democratic Party is calling to revoke Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma al-Assad, of her British citizenship. He sits on the foreign affairs committee.

On April 4, warplanes dropped a chemical nerve agent over the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing at least 80 people, according to US intelligence. Syria has vehemently denied the accusations.

Syrian groups also called on the government to act over Mrs Assad's citizenship.

And in response to Donald Trump's airstrike on an airbase she wrote: "The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a short-sightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign".

Earlier, after the USA 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".

Syria's first lady, who comes from Acton, west London, is active on Instagram, Facebook and Telegram, an encrypted app that is more commonly used by jihadists.

Numerous pictures posted depict her hugging Syrian women, helping elderly people, or playing with children and are accompanied by the hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma. She has dual British-Syrian nationality.

Tom Brake, a Liberal Democrat member of Parliament, has written to Rudd, calling for her to do just that in the case of Asma Assad.

"The Government takes its duty to protect the British public exceptionally seriously".

The grounds were either because the Secretary of State was satisfied that this was conducive to the public good or because the person had fraudulently obtained British citizenship.

  • Leroy Wright