On Friday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) demanded 27 years in prison against 49-year-old Syrian Ahmad Al K. for his leading role in the execution of a captured Syrian soldier in July 2012. The execution of the soldier is qualified by the OM as a war crime.

According to the Public Prosecution Service, it has also been proven that the man led a terrorist organization.

Al K. fled to the Netherlands via Turkey in 2013 and received a temporary residence permit.

He ended up in Kapelle in Zeeland and was able to bring his wife and children over as part of family reunification.

In 2016, he came into the picture in a German criminal investigation.

An undercover agent was deployed in a subsequent Dutch investigation by the International Crimes Team of the police.

In 2019, the Dutch police arrested Al K..

He's been stuck ever since.

He is on trial before the District Court of The Hague, which is sitting in the extra secured courtroom in Rotterdam for this case.

Video proves leading role of Al K. in executionexe

The decisive piece of evidence for Al K.'s leading role in the execution in the Syrian region of Deir ez-Zor is a horrific video found by the German Public Prosecution Service.

The nine-minute video shows the severely tortured, half-disrobed, handcuffed and dazed Lieutenant Colonel being driven in a jeep to the banks of the Euphrates and walking the last stretch.

"He had to walk to his death," said the prosecutor.

Revenge on a soldier from the army of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was the motive, according to the OM.

On the waterfront, the victim is shot 26 times, with a revolver (by Al K.) and a Kalashnikov.

According to the Public Prosecution Service, an analysis of the images has shown that Al K. has hit at least once.

Public Prosecution Service dismisses statements from suspect as lies

The suspect stated, among other things, that he participated under pressure from others and that he deliberately missed the victim.

The statements of Al K. come down to a series of lies, according to the Public Prosecution Service.

Al K. has deserted from the Syrian government army after 21 years of service.

According to justice, he subsequently led a brigade under the name Abu Khudr that operated under the flag of the terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra.

The court of The Hague is the competent authority in the Netherlands for the adjudication of international crimes.

The verdict will follow on July 16, in the extra-secure courtroom at Schiphol.

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