Syrian torture verdict expected in landmark German case

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Image copyrightAFP image captionThe trial of alleged Syrian intelligence officer Eyad al-Gharib began in April 2020 A German court is expected to decide on Wednesday if a Syrian man who fled his country's civil war was an accomplice to crimes against humanity. Eyad al-Gharib, 44, allegedly assisted the torture of Syrians as a government intelligence officer. Another Syrian - Anwar Raslan, 58 - remains on trial. Both got asylum in Germany but were arrested in 2019. It is the first such trial over alleged atrocities committed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Prosecutors in Koblenz, western Germany, are seeking five-and-a-half years in jail for Eyad al-Gharib. Defence lawyers argued that the pair were ordered to commit the alleged crimes and feared punishment if they did not obey. The agency the men allegedly worked for played a crucial role in suppressing the peaceful pro-democracy protests that erupted against President Assad's regime in 2011. image copyrightAFP image captionAnti-Assad campaigners showed photos of victims outside the court Germany is trying the pair under more...