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The Swiss government has frozen the assets of Syria's president Bashar Assad

The Swiss government has frozen the assets of Syria's president Bashar Assad

The Swiss government has frozen the assets of Syria's president Bashar Assad

The Swiss government has extended an asset freeze for senior Syrian officials to include the country's president Bashar Assad.

The Swiss Cabinet said banks must now declare any assets belonging to Assad that are in Switzerland.

The government had said last Wednesday that Assad was also banned from travelling to or through Switzerland.

The decision follows similar sanctions announced last week against 13 senior Syrian officials that did not affect the president. The revised Swiss sanctions list now comprises 23 people.

They were taken in response to Syria's brutal crackdown of anti-government protesters in recent weeks.

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