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The uncle of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is set to stand trial on money laundering charges in France.
Rifaat al-Assad is accused of using funds from Syrian state coffers to build up a $100million property empire.
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French officials have ordered him to stand trial for organised money laundering, although a date has not yet been set.
The former vice president of Syria, now 81, has denied the charges, claiming they came from 'longstanding political opponents'.
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His reported French fortune includes two Paris townhouses, a stud farm and chateau near the French capital and 79,000 square feet of of office space in Lyon.
The 81-year-old former politician has been under investigation by French authorities since April 2014.
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Rifaat left Syria in 1984 after mounting a failed coup against his brother Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, who led Syria from 1971 to 2000.
He was also dubbed the 'Butcher of Hama' for allegedly commanding the troops behind the bloody suppression of an uprising in central Syria.
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