Germany: Syrian refugee on trial for posing for picture with severed head

A criminal trial against a Syrian citizen, who allegedly posed for pictures with the severed head of an enemy fighter, began at the Higher Regional Court in the western city of Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, on Tuesday. The 34-year old defendant is suspected of joining armed resistance against the Syrian government forces in his home country back in 2012 and later posing for pictures with what is... Еще thought to be the severed head of an enemy fighter to mock and belittle the deceased. According to reports, the pictures were found stored on the mobile phone of the suspect. The Syrian man came to Germany first as a refugee and returned to Syria for at least two weeks between 2012 and 2014, when the pictures are believed to have been taken. Upon his return, he lived in Saarbruecken, Saarland. The suspect, who has already been in prison for other lesser offences, faces up to ten years in prison, if convicted. The media representatives must protect the personal rights of the people present.The publication of film or images of the defendant's face that have not been made unrecognizable (“unpixed”) is prohibited.When the filming permit is exercised, the personal rights of all persons (in particular those involved in the process — such as members of the court, parties, lawyers — as well as the spectators) who are in the courthouse — in particular in the areas covered by this authorization — are to be granted note. The right to photograph these persons without their consent to this in accordance with Section 22 of the Art Copyright Act or the requirements of Sections 23 and 24 of this Act is not covered by this permit.

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