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Germany – Sweden: Eight arrested for crimes against humanity in the Syrian civil war

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Those arrested are accused of having committed crimes against humanity on behalf of the Assad regime

German and Swedish authorities have arrested eight people alleged to have committed crimes against humanity on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, continuing their efforts here and abroad. ten years to bring justice to the victims of the civil war inSyria.

As part of this joint operation they were arrested inGermany five suspects, including four armed militia members and one former Syrian Intelligence agent. Three other people were arrested in Sweden.

According to German justice, those arrested “are suspected of murders or attempted murders of civilians in the context of crimes against humanity and war crimes “ committed during the civil war in Syria, according to a statement from the federal prosecutor's office.

Among the suspects arrested in Germany are four stateless persons of Palestinian origin, members of an armed militia that controlled the al-Yarmouk district of Damascus “on behalf of the Syrian regime,” the prosecutor's office said. .

“All the defendants took part in the violent suppression of a peaceful demonstration against the Syrian government on July 13, 2012 in al-Yarmouk,” the same source added, clarifying that “they shot deliberately against the protesters”. “At least six people succumbed to their injuries and other victims were seriously injured”, explained the German public prosecutor's office.

Moreover, many of those arrested were subjected “to massive physical violence, often repeated “ against civilians in al-Yarmouk from mid-2012 to 2014.

One of those arrested, Mahmoud A,handed over a man to the Syrian army's secret services, who detained and tortured him. He also forced a woman at a checkpoint, threatening to rape her, to ransom her minor son in exchange for jewelry.

Those arrested are also believed to have handed over to the Assad regime three civilians from al-Yarmouk, who then were murdered “in a mass execution” on April 16, 2013. The arrests were made in the context of a joint operation by the Swedish and German authorities with the support of the Europol and Eurojust services as well as several European countries .

Due to the civil war in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, more than half a million people have lost their lives, while millions more have been displaced.

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Source: 24h.com.cy

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