Syria’s ‘Clean Hands Campaign' Reaches out to Military

Published June 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Damascus – 


The anti-corruption campaign undertaken by the Syrian government and has so far seen key former senior officials arrested and their assets confiscated, has taken a new turn as senior army officers are to be targeted also, according to sources close to decision making circles in the country. 

The sources, who asked not to be identified, said that Muhsen Salman, a top military officer who has served in a key position with the Syrian troops in Lebanon is on the black list. About a month ago, Salman was transferred to the town of Hums, about 380 km to the north of the Syrian capital. 

In the meanwhile, they said that the former Syrian army chief of staff, Field Marshal Hikmat Shahabi, who has fled the country to the United States is also wanted for corruption, the reason for his escape. 

Shihabi has joined his sons, who hold US citizenship. 

The sources told that former top officials have brought back home money they had kept in accounts in foreign banks, in a bid to reach settlement with the government. 


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