In search of Syrian war criminals hiding in Europe

On January 13, in the first European trial of a high-ranking Syrian regime official, a former high-ranking intelligence officer was sentenced to life in prison in Germany for crimes against humanity.

Anwar Raslan was previously the head of interrogation at a detention center in Damascus. was found guilty of 4,000 cases of torture and murder of 27 prisoners, less than a year after one of his subordinates was convicted by the same German court.

It has been a long road to justice for the victims and their lawyers who have tracked down former torturers who have settled in Europe since 2013.

Russia and China have long vetoed referring Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, so German prosecutors decided to pursue such cases under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Through hard work, hunters of Syrian war criminals have been able to locate and expose them. FRANCE 24’s Fernande van Tets and Marine Pradelreport.

Warning: This report contains graphic material.

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