DARAMSUQ (DAMASCUS) – With the implementation of U.S. sanctions imposed under “Caesar’s Law”, which clamp down on the Syrian regime, its institutions, and its supporters, Damascus has launched a campaign to confiscate the funds of employees, officials, and businessmen who it claims are corrupt in an attempt to support its collapsed economy.
The Syrian Ministry of Finance has confiscated the funds of the Director of Communications of the Syrian Arab Army, Maan Hussein, as well as the funds of his wife and children, with no information make public about the reason for such a draconian move.
Media sites and social media pages reported Hussein’s arrest, but there has been no official comment.
Local media reported that the reason for the arrest was Hussein’s relationship with businessman Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The government in Damascus confiscated all his investments in Syria claiming that he owed the state billions. Makhlouf has denied the claims of the government and maintains his innocence, infamously taking to social media to air his case publicly.