Middle East

Syrian former colonel Anwar Raslan jailed for life in Germany in landmark torture trial

A court in Germany has convicted an ex-Syrian intelligence officer for crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison in the world’s first trial on state-sponsored torture in Syria.

Former colonel Anwar Raslan, 58 was charged with overseeing the torture of 4000 people that resulted in the murders of at least 50 detainees, as well as instances of rape and sexual assault at a prison facility in Damascus known as Branch 251. Mr Raslan had denied all charges.

The trial in the German city Koblenz has been closely watched by Syrians attempting to seek justice for rights abuses committed during Syria’s decade-old civil war.

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