Iconic journalist Marie Colvin was MURDERED by Assad - US court slaps HUGE fine ...

Marie ColvinA US court has demanded the Syrian regime pay damages of $300million (£229million) for the murder (Image: GETTY)

Judge Amy Jackson ruled that the Assad regime deliberately targeted the 56-year-old in an artillery attack to silence her reporting in Baba Amr in the city of Homs in 2012. The judge said the attack was just part of Syria’s longstanding policy of violence towards the media, which it had previously labelled “enemies of the state”. Lawyers must now track down Assad’s assets and seeking to recover them to pay the damages which are twice the typical amount for a victim of terrorism.

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It is believed the Assad family have more than $1billion (£873million) invested in properties and businesses around the world.

However, much of the family’s wealth has been seized by foreign law enforcement agencies investigating corruption or frozen after imposed sanctions.

Colvin’s younger sister, Cathleen has been awarded $2.5million (£1.9million) for her loss and plans to use the money to help victims of the Syrian war.

She told The Times: “It’s been almost seven years since my sister was killed by the Assad regime and not a day goes by when I don’t think of her.

READ MORE: ‘I won’t leave Syria without Marie Colvin’

Marie ColvinJudge Amy Jackson ruled that the Assad regime deliberately targeted Colvin, 56, in the attack (Image: GETTY)

“It is my greatest hope that the court’s ruling today will lead to other criminal prosecutions, and serve as a deterrent against future attacks on the press and on

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