On 21 January, the General Court dismissed Mohammad Makhlouf’s application to annul his designation in the EU’s sanctions list on Syria. Mahklouf was listed because he is a close associate and uncle of President Bashar Al Assad, as well as a business associate and father of Rami, Ihab and Iyad Makhlouf, prominent Syrian businessmen.

The General Court rejected Makhlouf’s arguments and held that his close family ties to President Bashar Al Assad, as well as the “well known fact” that the administration of power in Syria lies with the ruling family, sufficed for the Council to presume that he was linked to the Syrian regime.

Case T‑509/11 Mohammad Makhlouf v Council of the European Union [2015] (French)

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