Alleged members of Assad’s secret police arrested in Germany on suspicion of crimes against humanity

Alleged members of Assad's secret police arrested in Germany on suspicion of crimes against humanity

Prosecutors allege he was a senior officer in the General Intelligence Directorate, the Assad regime’s main domestic security service, where he served as head of the regional investigation department for Damascus.

Prisoners held by the department “underwent brutal and intense torture during interrogation”, prosecutors said.

Eyad A is alleged to have served in a special unit tasked with identifying deserters, and anti-regime protestors. In the summer of 2011 he spent a month at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Damascus where around 100 people a day were arrested, taken to Anwar R’s prison and tortured.

He also took part in raids on homes and apartments, and the rounding up of fleeing demonstrators after the violent break-up of a protest in 2011.

In autumn 2011, following the violent break-up of a demonstration, he took part in the arrest of fleeing protestors.

Both men fled to Germany in 2012, and Anwar appears to have believed his decision to abandon the Assad regime would be enough to protect him, according to Spiegel magazine.

Six Syrian torture survivors were interviewed by German prosecutors as part of their investigations, according to the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin NGO that campaigns for justice for victims of torture and other grave crimes.

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