German Court Hands Down Historic Syrian Torture Verdict


A German court on Wednesday sentenced former Syrian secret service agent Eyad A. to four and a half years in prison on charges of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. Eyad A., 44, is accused of rounding up people following anti-government demonstrations in the Douma in 2011 and delivering them to a detention center where they were tortured. The verdict in the German city of Koblenz marks the first time a court outside Syria has ruled on state-sponsored torture by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Human rights campaigners hope the decision will set a precedent for other cases.

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