Germany arrests five suspected of war crimes in Syria

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Police successful Germany arrested 4 stateless Syrian Palestinians and 1 Syrian nationalist suspected of committing crimes against humanity and warfare crimes in Syria immoderate 10 years ago, prosecutors said.

The men, identified successful statement pinch German privateness laws only arsenic Jihad A., Mahmoud A., Sameer S. and Wael S. are suspected to person been affiliated pinch nan Free Palestine Movement equipped militia successful Syria. Mazhar J. is suspected to person been a Syrian Intelligence Officer, said prosecutors successful a connection connected Wednesday.

“The individuals ... are powerfully suspected of sidesplitting and attempting to termination civilians (which) qualified arsenic crimes against humanity and warfare crimes,” nan connection said.

Jihad A., Mazhar J. and Sameer S. were arrested successful Berlin, Mahmoud A. successful Frankenthal successful nan south-western authorities of Rhineland-Palatinate and Wael S. successful nan north-eastern authorities of Mecklenburg Vorpommern, said prosecutors.

The individuals are suspected of participating successful a convulsive crackdown connected a serene anti-government protestation successful Al Yarmouk successful July 2012, successful which civilian protesters were targeted and changeable at. Six individuals died and others were earnestly injured, said prosecutors.

The suspected militia members are besides accused of punching and kicking civilians betwixt 2012 and 2014 astatine checkpoints and beating them pinch firearm butts, according to prosecutors.

One individual was handed complete to nan Syrian Military Intelligence Service to beryllium imprisoned and tortured, they said. In addition, 1 of nan suspects is suspected of having turned successful to authorities 3 group killed successful a wide execution of 41 civilians successful April 2013.

The arrests were made acknowledgment to Germany’s cosmopolitan jurisdiction laws, which let courts to prosecute crimes against humanity committed anyplace successful nan world. Authorities coordinated pinch Sweden successful a associated investigation.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said successful a abstracted connection it had arrested 3 group successful Sweden for crimes against world rule committed successful Syria successful 2012. 



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