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Siwar alAssad cousin of Syrian President Bachar alAssad flanked by... News Photo 182981304Bashar al-Assad,Family,Father,Foundation,France,French,Giving,Group Of People,Headquarters,Horizontal,Law,Lawyer,Organizations,Paris,People,Press Conference,SyrianPhotographer PIERRE ANDRIEUCollection: AFP 2013 AFPSiwar al-Assad (R), cousin of Syrian President Bachar al-Assad, flanked by his lawyer Marcel Ceccaldi, gives a press conference on October 3, 2013, at the French headquarters of the United Nationals Democratic Alliance, an organisation founded by his father Rifaat al-Assad, in Paris. Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the assets in France of Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of the Syrian president, a judicial source told AFP on September 30, 2013. The probe follows a criminal complaint filed on September 13 by anti-corruption groups Sherpa and Transparency International alleging the 66-year-old had illegally acquired 'extraordinary wealth' in France. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)