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German court sentences Syrian Colonel over torture regime

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A German Court on Wednesday sentenced Col. Eyad Al-Gharib, 44, to four and a half years in prison for his role in the Syrian state torture regime.

The sentence was in the first verdict of its kind worldwide.

Al-Gharib, was found guilty of acting as an accessory to crimes against humanity by the higher regional court in the city of Koblenz.

He was a member of the General Intelligence Directorate in Syria before later fleeing to Germany, where he was arrested in February 2019.

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The man brought at least 30 demonstrators to a Damascus prison for torture in autumn 2011, as President Bashar al-Assad was cracking down on protests in the early stages of the Syrian civil war.

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Another verdict in the landmark trial is expected in April for the main defendant, Anwar Raslan, 58,  who was also a state intelligence official.

He is accused of torturing at least 4,000 people at the Damascus prison and faces murder charges on 58 counts.

dpa/NAN

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