Syrians penalized by EU mostly military officials

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 12:03 PM
Syrians penalized by EU mostly military officials

The 18 Syrians whose assets were frozen by the European Union for helping with that country's bloody crackdown on protesters include not only military officials but also computer hackers said to have incited violence.

Twelve are military or intelligence officials said to have been responsible for violence against civilians, according to a list released Tuesday. Also listed are the deputy minister of the interior, the head of a family militia, and a Paris lawyer accused of raising funds for the regime.

The remaining three are accused by the EU of being members of the Syrian Electronic Army, which uses the Internet to attack opposition activists and flood Web sites with pro-regime messages.

Those penalized also are prohibited from traveling to the EU.