Germany Detains Syrian Suspected of Torturing Captives with IS

German investigators on Wednesday arrested a Syrian man accused of war crimes for allegedly torturing captives while he was with the IS group back in 2014 in Syria.

The Federal prosecutors identified the arrested Syrian only as Raed E. and he was arrested in Berlin over his membership in a foreign terrorist organization, crimes against humanity, war crimes and bodily harm.

Raed had joined IS in summer 2014 and participated in an attack that August on the Shueitat tribe in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria, according to a prosecutors statement. Activists reported death tolls ranging up to 700. 

According to the prosecutors, Raed had abused and tortured three captives after that attack.

Prosecutors say that he had a man who was looking for a 13-year old brother kidnapped by ISIS arrested and then tortured him at various prisons run by the terrorist group. 

“The suspect allegedly also ordered the 13-year-old suspended from a ceiling with his hands tied behind his back,” the prosecutors said.

Raed is also accused of twice physically abusing a third captive during months in captivity.

According to the prosecutors, in addition to working in IS prisons, he handled transactions in which the freedom of Shueitat captives was bought and manned two checkpoints for the extremist group.

However, the prosecutors did not provide details on how or when Raed came to Germany.

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