The UK government
refused to grant the British citizenship to four of the Syrian dictator Bashar
al-Assad's close relatives, saying it would undermine the efforts of the Syrian
opposition, Daily Mail reported.
The four family members included Assad's aunt and three cousins.
The relatives appealed against the decision. However, the Mail saw a judgment on Sunday indicating that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission rejected their appeals.
The name of one of the four wives of Rifaat al-Assad, Bashar's uncle, was among the applicants. The Mail added that the applications of two of her sons were also rejected, although they have lived in Britain for over a decade.
Assad has been a main cause for the continuity of the 7-year war in Syria, as he has rejected to step down and end the war since 2011.