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'Pro Justice' seeks to hold Assad and his aides accountable

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Pro-Justice organization has continued efforts to reveal the systematic corruption of Syria’s regime through uncovering the war criminals who committed atrocities against the Syrian people.

Months ago, the non-profit human rights monitoring revealed named 93 figures from the regime's inner circle, seeking to hold them accountable by the International Community.

Wael Sawah, executive director of the Pro Justice, told Zaman al-Wasl that some of these perpetrators had founded and led mercenary groups and others established offshore companies and economic conglomerates and others were mainly of the corrupt regime. 
The team Pro- Justice has faced many difficulties and challenges in achieving the 'Black List' project amid information lack, Sawah added.

Syria's businessmen are two types, according to 'Pro Justice'.  

The first one is directly providing financial support to the Assad regime; the U.S. administration and the EU have sectioned most of them.

The second type is including the businessmen who funds pro-Assad armed militias. 

According to the Financial Times, the International sanctions have all but frozen trade with the outside world, while paying bribes are another squeeze on revenues — Syria is the second most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International.

But in every war there are winners. Newcomers who have profited over nearly a decade of conflict are now jostling with those at the top. This is the story of how a handful of men — two of them brothers — grew to dominate Syria’s devastated economy, FT reported.

More than 80 per cent of Syrians were living below the poverty line by 2015, according to the most recent data available. The UN says the signs are that this has worsened.

The nine-year-old conflict has killed more than 390,000 people and displaced 7 millions.

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