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Syrian Intelligence Officer Sentenced in Germany for “complicity in crimes against humanity”.

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Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict | Middle East Eye

Intelligence officer sentenced to four and a half years in prison over complicity in crimes against humanity  (Middle East Eye).

The conviction of a Syrian torturer in Germany, an “historic” first

Le Monde

Eyad Al-Gharib, 44, a former member of the intelligence services, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for “complicity in crimes against humanity” in the framework of the first trial linked to the abuses of the regime of Bashar Al- Assad.

Syria torture: German court convicts ex-intelligence officer

BBC.

A German court has sentenced a former Syrian intelligence officer to four-and-a-half years in jail for complicity in crimes against humanity.

Prosecutors in Koblenz successfully argued that Eyad al-Gharib, 44, had helped to arrest protesters in 2011 who were later tortured and murdered.

The case was unprecedented for its hours of witness testimony describing widespread torture in Syria.

Another Syrian – Anwar Raslan, 58 – remains on trial.

Both fled Syria’s civil war and got asylum in Germany – but were arrested in 2019.

German prosecutors invoked the principle of “universal jurisdiction” for serious crimes to bring the case.

The agency the men worked for played a crucial role in suppressing the peaceful pro-democracy protests that erupted against President Assad’s regime in 2011.

Prosecutors argued that the two men were “cogs in the wheel” enabling a vast state torture machine to operate.

Mediapart gives some more context,

This is a world first. As the tenth anniversary of the popular uprising in Syria approaches on  March 15 , 2011, the government of Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad has finally been named as the perpetrator of “crimes against humanity” in legal proceedings, thanks to German justice which sentenced on Wednesday  February 24 to imprisonment, Eyad al-Gharib, ex-agent of ”  branch 251  ” of the Syrian general intelligence services.

As the Guardian reports

“This decision is historic because it condemns the entire criminal system that is the Syrian regime. Gharib is one man but he was part of an organised machine with orders to arrest peaceful civilians, disappear them, torture them, kill them and hide their bodies in mass graves,” said Anwar al-Bunni, a witness for the prosecution who was once arrested by Raslan and was shocked to bump into him by accident in Berlin in 2014.”

While this welcome story made the headlines, underlining the universality of human rights,  this, sadly, appears to the case.

The Independent.

The Syrian civil war is being “forgotten and ignored”, a charity has warned, as it released data suggesting less than two-thirds of Britons knew the conflict was still going on.

Syria Relief said that people caught up in the war “cannot afford for us to treat this anniversary as a history lesson” because millions there lack sufficient food and shelter.

It has released the polling data, compiled by YouGov, to mark 10 years since the conflict broke out.

Just 58 per cent of Britons surveyed said they knew the war was still raging a decade on, while 4 per cent believed it had ended and 38 per cent were not sure. YouGov questioned 1,753 adults between 16 and 17 February.

It is not only the general public who seem to have forgotten the war.

What has the ‘anti-war’ left to say on this?

 

 

It would hard to find any report or comment, from ‘alt-news’ sites and Blogs to campaigns such as the Stop the War Coalition.

You certainly won’t find anything on the German Court case or these events in the Morning Star.

This is about their most recent story:

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

February 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

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