First Syria Torture Trial: German Court Issues Guilty Verdict

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The latest verdict spreads hope to Syrians. These are 8,00,000 Syrians living in Germany. Especially, the ones who are tortured in government facilities

KOBLENZ | On Wednesday, a German court did sentence an ex-security services member to four and a half years in jail. Precisely, a member of the President Bashar al-Assad security guards. In particular, this man is sent to prison for facilitating the torture of civilians.

It is worth noting that this is the first verdict for such inhumane crimes. Especially, in the 10-year-old Syrian civil war.

Moreover, Koblenz’s higher regional court said Eyad A did arrest at least 30 protestors. Mainly, the ones who did protest against the government at the start of the conflict in the year 2011. Also, did send them to an intelligence center. Precisely, to such facility where he did know how officials tortured the detainees.

Hope for Syrians in Germany

Now, the verdict gives hope to the Syrians living in Germany. Especially, the ones who did face abuse in the government facilities. After, attempts to form a global tribunal for Syria did sink. A lawyer with the Open Society Foundation’s Justice Initiative, representing Syrian plaintiffs did comment on the issue. Steve Kostas told journalists that it is an important step in the right direction. Mainly, this will secure the accountability of the Syrian government’s planned use of abuse against civilians. Though, the Assad government continues to deny torturing its prisoners.

Meanwhile, Eyad’s lawyers did ask for an acquittal. In fact, they said that he only did take part in arresting in and around Damascus. Only, under duress by his superiors. So, now he urges the court to let him witness in the case. Especially, for the benefit of the legal efforts against the government.

Importantly, the same court will continue hearings in this case. Though it mainly will focus on another suspect Anwar R. He is an ex-intelligence officer. And the case charges him with 58 murders in a Damascus prison. In addition, prosecutors said he tortured at least 4,000 activists between 2011 and 2012.

Further, a Human Rights Lawyer from Syria said that the unprecedented verdict will only escalate the efforts. Mostly, to bring the charges against former Syrian government officials. Especially, the ones the government suspects and also who did flee to Europe.

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