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Germany: Lessons from the first conviction of an agent of the Syrian regime

On February 24 Eyad al-Gharib was the first Syrian regime official to be convicted by a German court for aiding and abetting the torture and detention of protesters in 2011. The minor role the defendant played in those crimes is mirrored in an accordingly short prison sentence. But the importance this verdict carries lies somewhere else: for the first time, a criminal court has defined the Assad regime's attack on the Syrian population as a crime against humanity.

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