Germany: Koblenz Syrian intelligence officials trial expected to last until next year

The torture trial of two suspected former Syrian intelligence officials continued in Koblenz on Wednesday, on charges including crimes against humanity. 32 further trial days between January and May have been scheduled, after the trial was originally planned to last until December. The trial is the world's first criminal trial on torture in Syria. Charges against two suspected former Syrian intelligence include 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. The defendants, 57-year-old Anwar R. and 43-year-old Eyad A., were arrested on February 12, 2019. On July 2, the First Criminal Senate — State Protection Senate — of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz approved the charges brought by the Attorney General and opened the main proceedings.

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