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War crimes: Federal prosecutor charges indictment of former Syrian intelligence agents


In Germany, for the first time, two alleged henchmen of the Assad regime have to answer to the court. The defendants allegedly tortured and murdered in Syria.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against two suspected former members of the Syrian intelligence service. As the Karlsruhe prosecutors announced, the men who were arrested in February in Berlin and Rhineland-Palatinate, among other crimes against humanity accused. If the indictment is admitted by the Koblenz Higher Regional Court, two Syrians will be tried for the first time in Germany for the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime.

The main culprit is Anwar R., a former high-ranking employee of the Syrian General Intelligence Service. According to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, he headed a unit specializing in the fight against dissidents between 2011 and 2012. His men also controlled their own prison in Damascus, where at least 4,000 people were systematically tortured.

R. had the processes in the prison controlled and is responsible among other things for the death of at least 58 prisoners, it is said in the indictment. He is therefore also accused of 58 murders, rape and severe sexual coercion.

According to the Federal Prosecutor General, the second defendant was Eyad A. He was therefore employed in a division which worked for R.'s unit. He allegedly took at least 30 people to the torture prison. These are the participants in a government-critical demonstration, which R. 2011 pursued and fixed.

At least since April 2011, according to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the Syrian regime has resorted to "suppressing the activities of the opposition nationwide with brute force". The Syrian intelligence services have been given an essential role.

Source: zeit

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