Syrian officer found guilty of torture by German court in world first

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A former Syrian colonel was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison by a German court in Koblenz on Thursday, in what prosecutors said was the first trial of its kind worldwide. The former intelligence officer and interrogator, identified only as Anwar R, was tried in Germany under the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows the prosecution of possible war crimes committed by foreigners in other states. The defendant was accused of crimes against humanity in 2011 and 2012, in the early stages of the Syrian civil war. “The prisoner was sentenced to life im…

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