Germany: Torture trial of suspected Syrian intelligence officials resumes in Koblenz

The torture trial of two suspected former Syrian intelligence officials continued in Koblenz on Thursday, on charges including crimes against humanity. 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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