German court jails Syrian for war crimes after landmark trial

Reuters |
Published: 01.13.22, 17:21
A German court on Thursday jailed an ex-Syrian intelligence officer for life for murder, rape and crimes against humanity, handing down the first ever conviction for state-backed torture committed during Syria's civil war after a landmark trial.
Anwar R. was found guilty on 27 of out 58 counts of murder, rape and sexual assault carried out at a Damascus prison run by a unit of President Bashar al-Assad's security services that he headed.
The 58-year-old, a colonel when he defected to the Syrian opposition in 2012 and who prosecutors said was granted asylum in Germany two years later, had denied all charges.
The Assad government denes it tortures prisoners.