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Germany: Torture trial of Syrian intelligence officers continues in Koblenz01:35

Germany: Torture trial of Syrian intelligence officers continues in Koblenz

Germany, Koblenz
September 16, 2020 at 15:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

The torture trial of two suspected former Syrian intelligence officers continued in a Koblenz court on Wednesday.

The trial is the world's first criminal trial with regards to crimes of torture committed in Syria. Charges against two suspected former Syrian intelligence officers include torture, rape, and serious sexual assault of at least 4,000 people in a high-ranking prison in Damascus, with at least 58 prisoners dying as a result.

The defendants, 57-year-old Anwar R. and 43-year-old Eyad A., were arrested on February 12, 2019 in Germany.

On July 2, the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz approved the charges brought by the Attorney General and opened the main proceedings.

Thirty-two further trial days between January and May have been scheduled, after the trial was originally planned to last until December.

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The torture trial of two suspected former Syrian intelligence officers continued in a Koblenz court on Wednesday.

The trial is the world's first criminal trial with regards to crimes of torture committed in Syria. Charges against two suspected former Syrian intelligence officers include torture, rape, and serious sexual assault of at least 4,000 people in a high-ranking prison in Damascus, with at least 58 prisoners dying as a result.

The defendants, 57-year-old Anwar R. and 43-year-old Eyad A., were arrested on February 12, 2019 in Germany.

On July 2, the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz approved the charges brought by the Attorney General and opened the main proceedings.

Thirty-two further trial days between January and May have been scheduled, after the trial was originally planned to last until December.

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