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Two Syrians, alumni of Bachar Al Assad's services, arrested in Germany

Two former members of the intelligence services of the Bashar regime suspected of crimes against humanity were arrested in Germany on Wednesday 13 February. A third man was also arrested in France.

Two Syrians, former members of the intelligence services of the regime of Bashar Al Assad were arrested in Germany, announced Wednesday, February 13, the federal prosecutor's office of Karlsruhe.

The two men, aged 56 and 42, were arrested Tuesday in Berlin and Zweibrücken (Rhineland-Palatinate), the prosecutor said in a statement. A third man was arrested in France in the context of this investigation, according to the same source.

Suspected members of Syrian intelligence services in the Damascus region, they are suspected of crimes against humanity in 2011 and 2012 against opponents of the Syrian regime.

On behalf of Syrian victims

At the origin of the investigation, testimonies of victims

The 56-year-old suspect, Anwar R., was reportedly complicit in torture by Syrian secret services in a prison. Eyad A., 42, is believed to have participated in the killing of two people and the torture of at least 2,000 people between July 2011 and January 2012.

The investigators rely in particular on testimonies of victims of these tortures. According to the prosecutor's office, the two Syrians left their country in 2012, before going to Germany and seeking asylum there.

The cross published in April 2018 an investigation of magistrates and NGOs who secretly investigate, sometimes secretly, the crimes of the regime, based on the testimonies of Syrian refugees, some of whom complain in the countries that welcomed them, such as Germany .

60,000 people reportedly died in the regime's prisons

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the regime of Bashar Al Assad has been accused of human rights abuses and implicated in multiple cases of torture, rape and summary executions.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSHR), at least 60,000 people have died as a result of torture or the terrible conditions of detention in the regime's prisons, and half a million people have been imprisoned in these jails. since 2011.

The Cross (with AFP)

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