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Justice Prevails In An Important Trial In Germany

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Justice has finally caught up with Anwar Raslan, a former colonel in Syria’s intelligence service. On January 13, a court in Koblenz, Germany, convicted him of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Now 58, he supervised the murder, the torture and the sexual abuse of dozens of prisoners. Though only a cog in the Syrian regime’s machinery of oppression, he was doubtless a war criminal who richly deserves his punishment.

This was an important trial inasmuch as it was the first to prosecute state-sponsored torture and abuse in Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war for the past decade.

And from the viewpoint of Syrian survivors and human rights activists, it was a landmark verdict in the quest to hold accountable Syrian government officials who have committed crimes since the outbreak of that conflict. In this respect, it was the first judgment handed down by a court calling out atrocities by a........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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