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UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme
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UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme

by firstsource newsAugust 29, 2016

Exclusive: Guardian analysis shows series of contracts awarded to government and charities linked to president’s family

The UN has awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as part of an programme that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus, a Guardian investigation has found.

Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities – including one set up by the president’s wife, Asma al-Assad, and another by his closest associate, Rami Makhlouf.

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