Germany Begins Trial of Syrian Doctor Over Torture In Military Hospitals

A court in the German city of Frankfurt began on Wednesday the trial of a Syrian doctor, Alaa Mousa, 36, for his alleged role in crimes against humanity.

According to federal prosecutors, Mousa faces 18 counts, including torture and murder during his work as a physician in two military hospitals in the cities of Damascus and Homs.

Mousa was accused of torturing civilians in both facilities as well as in a state-run detention building.

Mousa arrived in Germany in 2015 to work as a doctor, however, he was arrested by German police in 2020.

Meanwhile, interim international justice director at Human Rights Watch, Balkees Jarrah said that efforts to bring to justice members of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad accused of crimes against humanity are “bearing fruits.”

“Over the past decade, a large amount of evidence about atrocities in Syria has been collected, and now, as this case in Frankfurt shows, those efforts are starting to bear fruit,” Jarrah added.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Center released a statement welcoming the start of Mousa’s trial, saying some of his victims had nicknamed him the “torture doctor”.

“We will make all our efforts to collect evidence against Syrian war criminals as we did in the case of former Syrian colonel Anwar Raslan,”  the statement added.

Raslan, 58, was sentenced to life in jail by a German court last week after he was found guilty of overseeing the murder of 27 people and the torture of 4,000 others at a Damascus detention center a decade ago.


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