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Interview: Toby Cadman analyses the war crimes case filed against Syrian officials before German courts

Toby Cadman, Head of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, was interviewed by Fran Kelly about the war crimes case filed against six high-ranking officials of the Syrian regime. The case, filed on behalf of torture victims and survivors has been submitted before German courts. According to Mr. Cadman:

We are looking at a case detailing the detention, torture and execution of prisoners in very large scale. This is something that we have been working on for some time. My organization has brought a similar case in Spain in February, so this is the second case that has been filed in Europe against senior members of Syrian military intelligence.

Effectively, what these cases are saying is that there is a state police directed by Bashar al-Assad, the President in Syria, to arrest and detain civilians who protested against his rule. These people have been held in illegal and secret prisons and tortured over a prolonged period of time“.

The interview was published at the radio program RN Breakfast, of the Australian broadcaster ABC:

German court to prosecute Syrian war crimes

A landmark war crimes case has begun in Berlin against Syrian officials close to President Bashar Al-Assad.

Nine Syrian torture survivors have filed complaints with the German prosecutor against six high-ranking officials in the Syrian military intelligence service.

They’ve been accused of systematic torture in secret prisons.

For the victims, the German court is their last hope for justice.

The original interview, published on 21st July 2017, is available at ABC, RN Breakfast.

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