Defence makes case as Germany holds trial on state torture in Syria

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The defence for a Syrian former colonel accused of torture is set to present its case in a trial on Thursday that German prosecutors say is the world’s first criminal proceedings on state torture. International criminal law allows the prosecution of possible war crimes committed by foreigners in other states. The Syrian defendant will have the last word after the closing remarks of his two lawyers at Koblenz Higher Regional Court. A verdict is expected on the 108th day of the trial on January 13. The defendant, known as Anwar R. under German privacy rules, is accused of crimes against humanity…

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