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Germany: Syrian refugee identifies new security agent facilitated activists' torture

(Zaman Al Wasl)- An eye-witness and former detainee has revealed to Zaman al-Wasl the identity of Syrian militant who aided Security services in cracking down and arresting Syrian citizens in northern Aleppo province in 2011.
The Berlin-based Anwar Akram Sultan, who applied for asylum five years after leaving Aleppo, had formed a group of Shabiha, pro-regime thugs, in his hometown of Aleppo which was affiliated to the Military Security Division.
Sultan's group had participated in the suppression and arrest of hundreds of Aleppo residents, according to the eye-witness who saw Sultan in Germany and confirmed his Identity.
   The eye-witness said he was tortured and arrested by Sultan in Aleppo along with dozens of protestors.  He said that Sultan should be held accountable and prosecuted in Germany.
Meanwhile, Sultan is illegally working in money transfer and surrounded by bodyguards, mostly gangsters.

 A nine-year-old YouTube video shows Sultan carrying a baton to beat protestors inside the mosque in the Saif al-Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo city.
Last month,  two suspected members of Bashar al-Assad’s security services had charges of torture and sexual assault read out against them in a German court, in what lawyers say is the first trial for war crimes by Syrian government agents, accordign to Reuters.

Colonel Anwar Raslan, a former intelligence officer who applied for asylum in Germany six years ago after leaving Syria, is charged with 58 murders in a Damascus prison where prosecutors say at least 4,000 opposition activists were tortured in 2011 and 2012.

The second suspect, Eyad A., 43, charged with facilitating the torture of at least 30 opposition activists arrested after an anti-Assad demonstration in 2011, covered his face with his grey jacket hood as he took his seat at the court. He arrived in Germany in April 2018.

Arabic interpreters repeated the charges to the suspects, identified by their first names only under German privacy laws.

Campaigners have hailed the process as a first step towards justice for thousands of Syrians who say they were tortured in government facilities, after attempts to establish an international tribunal for Syria failed.

Attempts by Western powers to set up an international tribunal for Syria have been blocked by Russia and China at the U.N. Security Council. Syria is also not a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Campaigners and survivors hope the trial will open the door for similar processes in other European countries such as Norway, which have similar universal jurisdiction laws and where former Syrian security service members are believed to live.


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