Germany: Charges approved in suspected Syrian intelligence officers case in Koblenz

The trial of two suspected Syrian intelligence officials for committing crimes against humanity and others continued in Koblenz on Thursday. The 1st Criminal Senate — State Protection Senate — of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz approved the charges brought by the Attorney General against 57-year-old Anwar R. and 43-year-old Eyad A. and opened the main proceedings. The indictment of the two officers accuses Anwar R. of being responsible for the 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. Eyad A. is accused of having brought at least 30 demonstrators to the torture prison. Activists staged a demonstration outside the courthouse where the accused are being tried and Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh created an installation of headless figurines dressed in the clothing of Syrian diaspora members, representing the victims of repression during the early days of conflict in the Middle Eastern country.

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