Victims await verdict in German trial of Syrian secret police member

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SULAIMANI — A court in Koblenz, Germany is expected to render a verdict on Thursday (January 13) in the case of a man accused of crimes against humanity for his part in the torture of detainees in Syria.

Anwar Raslan, a former member of the secret police in Syria, is accused of overseeing the torture of more than 4,000 prisoners during the years of 2011 and 2012, which resulted in the deaths of at least 58 people, according to the Associated Press.

Raslan’s lawyers say he never personally tortured anyone and that he defected in 2012, according to Asharq al-Awsat. However, it is alleged he was a senior officer in charge of the "systemic and brutal torture” of detainees.

He could face life in prison if convicted.

Dozens of witnesses testified against Raslan in Germany, as well as a previous defendant, Eyad al-Gharib, convicted last year of crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison.

(NRT Digital Media)