Germany convicts Syrian official of crimes against humanity

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A German court convicted a Syrian security official with crimes against humanity on Thursday, marking the first time a high-ranking member of the regime has been held responsible for crimes committed during Syria’s civil war. The verdict is a landmark decision for victims of the Syrian regime and was considered an important example of the principle of universal jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against humanity. The 58-year-old security official, Anwar Raslan was charged with torture, murder, rape, and aggravated sexual assault during his time as a commanding officer at the notorious Branch 251…

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