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In a founding verdict, a former member of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret police was convicted by a German court for facilitating the torture of prisoners.
Eyad Al Gharib was found guilty of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity and sentenced to four and a half years in prison by the state court in Koblenz, according to the dpa news agency.
Today, 10 years on from the start of the uprising, a German court is set to issue a landmark verdict in the trial of #Syria intel official Eyad al-Gharib, who allegedly participated in the torture, murder of those inside notorious Branch 251 Khatib centre https://t.co/hHesMhHQRk
— Bel Trew (@Beltrew) February 24, 2021
It was the first time a court outside Syria had ruled on a case allegedly committed by Syrian government officials against crimes against humanity. The German public prosecutor’s office relied on the principle of universal jurisdiction for serious crimes to present the cases of victims and defendants in Germany.
Details of the verdict were not immediately available, but Al-Gharib could have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. However, the judges considered his desertion and testimony of him in court as mitigating factors.
The 44-year-old was accused of being part of a unit that arrested people after anti-government protests in the Syrian city of Douma and took them to a detention center called Al Khatib or Rama 251, where they were tortured.
Evidence examined during the trial included photos of thousands of alleged victims of torture by the Syrian government. The photos were smuggled in from Syria by a police officer.
Syrian government officials did not testify during the trial.