The German authorities have arrested a Syrian doctor who has been charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly being involved in torture in a prison in the city of Homs, the German attorney general said on Monday.
The doctor, who was reportedly part of the Bashar al Assad regime’s military intelligence service, was arrested on Friday in central Hesse, Germany. On Saturday, he appeared before the judge, who confirmed his charges of various crimes.
The suspect has been living in Germany since 2015, where he also worked as a doctor. During his time in Syria, he is said to have participated in the torture in 2011 – beating with a plastic pipe and kicking – that was inflicted on a prisoner who would eventually die, the prosecutor said, but who points out that the cause of the death is not clear.
Germany has already opened the first trial against members of the Syrian regime for crimes against humanity. The trial in this case, involving two men, started on April 23.