German court sentences former Syrian colonel to life in prison
Al Jazeera, 13 Jan 2022
A German court sentenced Anwar Raslan, a former Syrian colonel, to life in prison for committing crimes against humanity at a jail near Damascus a decade ago.
Thursday’s landmark ruling by the state court in Koblenz marks a first step towards justice for countless Syrians who suffered abuse at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s government during the country’s years-long conflict.
It was the world’s first criminal case brought over state-led torture in Syria and Raslan, 58, is the highest-ranking former government official to be tried for atrocities committed there.
Eric Witte is a senior policy officer at Open Society Justice Initiative; he joins us live from Brussels for the latest updates.
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