At least Seven People are Detained in Sweden and Germany on Suspicion of Committing War Crimes in Syria

At least Seven People are Detained in Sweden and Germany on Suspicion of Committing War Crimes in Syria

Authorities in Germany and Sweden reported on Wednesday that at least seven persons have been taken into custody on suspicion of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria between 2012 and 2014.

Four were taken into custody in Germany, and three more in Sweden as part of a concerted operation involving the European Union police agency Europol, the European Union judicial cooperation agency Eurojust, and numerous other unidentified European nations.

Those detained in Germany were “strongly suspected of killing and attempting to kill civilians,” according to the federal prosecutor of Germany. Torture was also suspected in some of the people who were arrested.

The names of the four people that were detained in Germany are just Jihad A., Mahmoud A., Sameer S., and Wael S. They were connected to the Free Palestine Movement, a Syrian armed force, since the beginning of 2011. Per privacy regulations, German prosecutors withheld their last names.

The three that Sweden detained were not identified.

Germany’s federal prosecutor stated that the militia was acting on behalf of the Syrian regime at the time, maintaining control over Al-Yarmouk, a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Damascus. The area has been fully sealed off by the Syrian regime since July 2013, which has left food, water, and medical supplies in limited supply.

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