Syria: life sentence in Germany to former torturer for Assad

Raslan convicted by Koblenz court for crimes against humanity

13 January, 15:41

    Life sentence in Koblenz trial on state torture in Syria Life sentence in Koblenz trial on state torture in Syria

    KOBLENZ, 13 - Anwar Raslan, a former colonel in the Syrian intelligence services with a leading role in the suppression of political dissent under Bashar al-Assad, was sentenced to life in prison in Germany for crimes against humanity.
    Raslan, 58, faced charges over the deaths of many prisoners and thousands of cases of torture.
    The Supreme Regional Court of Koblenz ruled at the conclusion of a nearly two-year trial that many called political and which was based on the German justice system principle of universal jurisdiction.
    Raslan was arrested in Berlin in 2019.
    He had sought asylum in Germany as a "political refugee".

    The trial, which began in April 2020, concluded on Thursday in Koblenz.
    It took place over 108 hearings and involved testimony from more than 80 witnesses, including numerous torture victims and civil parties from NGOs.
    The Koblenz court convicted Anwar Raslan of crimes committed between 2011 and 2012 while carrying out his assignment at the infamous department 251 in Damascus, a Syrian secret services prison known for its brutality.
    The 58-year-old was responsible for the torture of at least 4,000 people.

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