Syria: First Assad report to ICC for crimes against humanity

20 April, 11:53

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, APRIL 20 - The first report against the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has been presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a Lebanese lawyer, Tareq Shandab, in the name of 12 Syrian refugees on Lebanon, the lawyer has told ANSA today. The accusations levelled against Assad include "crimes against humanity".

Shandab, who has a doctorate in international criminal law, practices in the city of Tripoli, in the north of Lebanon, to where thousands of Syrian refugees have fled. The report filed by the lawyer last week to the ICC in The Hague is "against Assad, around 15 army officials and the political leaders of the regime," who are accused of "crimes against humanity and war crimes".

The lawyer says that he has gathered evidence and witness accounts of violations committed by the regime. Some of the 12 refugees whom he represents claim to have been kidnapped by forces loyal to the regime, 7 to have had siblings and children killed, while one other claims that his daughter was raped. The 12 are from the regions of Homs, Hama and Damascus. Shandab, a Sunni, said that his initiative "has the sole aim of defending the law, and has no religious or political motivation". The majority of Syrians are Sunnis, though President Assad belongs to the minority Alawite branch of Shia Islam. (ANSAmed).

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © Copyright ANSA

Business opportunities

The information system of business
opportunities abroad

News from Mediterranean