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US court orders 'Prince of Marbella's' home to be seized

The Syrian arms dealer’s house in Atalaya Park.
The Syrian arms dealer’s house in Atalaya Park. / J-L
  • Monzer Al-Kassar used to live in the villa near Marbella until his arrest in 2007

The palatial home of a convicted arms dealer has been seized on the orders of a New York judge.

Monzer Al-Kassar used to live in the villa near Marbella, which was not directly in his name, until 2007 when he was arrested in Spain on a US police warrant over an attempt to sell arms to Colombian rebels.

He was extradited and sentenced to 30 years in 2009. So prolific was Al-Kassar on the local high-society social circuit that he went by the nickname ‘The Prince of Marbella’, however the carefree facade hid a web of criminal links that had seen him banned from several countries.