Former Syrian colonel guilty in war crimes trial in Germany
https://str.sg/wMFBBERLIN (NYTIMES) - A court in Germany found a former Syrian security officer guilty Thursday (Jan 13) of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison. He is the highest-ranking Syrian official to be held accountable for abuses committed by the government during a decade of civil war.
The former officer, Anwar Raslan, was accused of overseeing a detention centre where prosecutors said at least 4,000 people were tortured and nearly 60 were killed.The verdict marks a watershed moment for an international network of lawyers, human rights activists and Syrian war survivors who have struggled for years to bring officials who sanctioned or participated in the violence to justice.Read more: ST Foreign Desk »
What about Bush and Tony Blair? Both were war criminals..
Former Kazakh leader's family wealth in spotlight after unrestALMATY: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev hinted on Tuesday (Jan 11) that associates of his predecessor and former patron Nursultan Nazarbayev needed to share their wealth with the public to help alleviate discontent after a week of violent unrest. Nazarbayev, 81, was the longest-serving leader of his son wife, father in law be like.... All forget Afghanistan ex-president?
5 Mao fanatics jailed over articles 'smearing former Chinese leaders'Five Mao fanatics who ran an internet rumour mill have been sentenced by a court in central China for circulating articles which “smeared former state leaders” but their ringleader, who awaits trial, remained defiant despite the sentencing. The people’s court of Xinhua district in Pingdingshan, Henan province, sentenced two men and three women in late December to jail terms ranging...
Former Malaysian PM Mahathir discharged from hospital after medical procedureKUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, has been discharged from hospital following a successful medical procedure, the National Heart Institute said on Thursday (Jan 13). \u0022He will continue his recuperation and recovery process at home,\u0022 the institute said in a statement. Rest lah .. dont kacau .. be good .. maybe still got chance for redemption.
Woman claims she was 'terminated' abruptly for being pregnant, former employer counters her claims - The Independent Singapore NewsSingapore – A pregnant woman working at a tuition centre claimed on Facebook that she was suddenly told she was terminated, supposedly because she was pregnant and there were “safety” issues. “Being pregnant is already not easy; however, pregnancy shouldn’t hinder us mothers from working,” said the woman on Facebook on Monday (Jan 10). She …
S'pore man tells convicted Ferrari woman driver to pay him S$2,000 as he can secure favours for her in jailHe pleaded guilty to a corruption charge, along with various other charges. Watching too much of movies... she think this offer will work in Singapore. ow stoopid iz tiz laucharbor? iz c d 1s who drove a ferrari parkin in d middle of orchard road? Why r Singaporeans like that so ugly? One would not have a chance to behave like that in Europe, as the society equalizes everyone with progressive high taxes. ‘I am better than you attitudes not exist there.’This woman drives a western made car n thinks that she is god
Copy to clipboard https://str.sg/wMFB BERLIN (NYTIMES) - A court in Germany found a former Syrian security officer guilty Thursday (Jan 13) of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison. He is the highest-ranking Syrian official to be held accountable for abuses committed by the government during a decade of civil war. The former officer, Anwar Raslan, was accused of overseeing a detention centre where prosecutors said at least 4,000 people were tortured and nearly 60 were killed. The verdict marks a watershed moment for an international network of lawyers, human rights activists and Syrian war survivors who have struggled for years to bring officials who sanctioned or participated in the violence to justice. Through nearly 11 years of civil war, the Syrian government bombed residential neighbourhoods, used poison gas and tortured countless detainees in state lockups, but until now, no high-level officials had been held accountable for these acts, which human rights lawyers describe as war crimes. Raslan's guilty verdict, they say, bolsters the ability of European courts to pursue similar cases while sending a message to war criminals around the world that they could one day face consequences. "This is the first time that members of the Assad regime have had to stand trial before an ordinary criminal court," said Stefanie Bock, director of the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials at the University of Marburg in Germany. "This sends a clear message to the world that certain crimes will not go unpunished." But while Raslan, a former colonel, held a high rank in a Syrian intelligence service, he was more of a cog than a pillar in the government of President Bashar Assad and its vast apparatus of repression. After more than a decade of war, Assad remains in power, and there appears little chance that he or his senior advisers or military commanders will stand trial soon. They rarely travel abroad, and go only to countries they can count on not to arrest them, like Russia, a staunch supporter of Assad. Other potential avenues for justice have also been blocked. Syria is not party to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and Russia and China have used their vetoes on the UN Security Council to prevent Syria from being referred to the court. Germany is among a few European countries that have sought to try former Syrian officials for war crimes based on universal jurisdiction, the principle of international law that says that some crimes are so grave that they can be prosecuted anywhere. That is how Raslan ended up on trial in the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, a small city in western Germany. Raslan, 58, oversaw a security office and detention centre in Damascus, the Syrian capital, during the early days of the war. German prosecutors argued that his position gave him oversight of torture that included beating, kicking, electric shocks and sexual assault. Witnesses in the trial said they were fed inedible food, denied medical care and kept in overcrowded cells. At least 58 people died because of abuse under Raslan's authority, prosecutors said. In a statement to the court, Raslan denied that he had been involved in torture. He entered Germany on a visa in 2014 and lived there legally until German authorities arrested him in 2019. More On This Topic