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Britain considers games ban for Syria Olympic head
Britain considers blocking Syria's Olympic head, an Assad aide, from attending London Olympics
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' The British government says it is considering banning Syria's Olympic chief from the London Games over his links with President Bashar Assad.

Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa is not on a European Union travel-ban list that features Assad, and has said he plans to attend the Olympics.

But British sports minister Hugh Robertson says the Joumaa "situation ... is developing as we speak. We will have to see when his application comes through."

Joumaa is an aide of Assad, whose regime has launched a violent crackdown on opposition.

Robertson says a committee will assess "anyone who applies for a visa for the games who comes from a country where there might be questions raised."

With "contentious" cases," Robertson stressed that ministers "have the power to refuse anybody a visa."

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