Assad’s cousin arrested over 'road-rage' killing

Syrian army arrests cousin of Bashar al Assad after colonel shot dead in traffic dispute

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Syrian president Bashar al Assad's cousin arrested over murder of colonel

Updated Aug 12, 2015

The Syrian regime army has arrested President Bashar al Assad’s cousin, Suleiman al Assad, after a road rage incident in which a colonel was shot dead in front of his own children, according to Syrian state media.

The incident had led to large protests in Syria’s Latakia, and protesters chanted slogans calling for the execution of the president’s cousin.

Suleiman was in hiding since the murder of Colonel Hassan al Sheikh last week, as he is the only suspect in the case, according to AP.

He was being harboured in Latakia, after which he and Latakia’s governor Khodr al Salem were arrested at a farm in the city.

Latakia is one of Assad’s strongholds, which has seen frequent protests against the regime since the civil war began in 2011.

The port city’s population, however, is predominantly of Alawite residents, providing a large presence of support for Assad’s regime.

TRTWorld and agencies