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Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Germany arrests Syria war crimes suspect

Germany arrests Syria war crimes suspect

In March that year, Abdalfatah H.A. allegedly carried out a so-called Shariah judgment, killing 36 people.

"Abdulfatah H. A.is suspected of having joined Jabhat al Nusra in 2013 and ... of having killed 36 people protected by the humanitarian law during the regional conflict", the statement said.

The other man arrested was Abdulrahman A.A., 26, who fought in the same Islamic militant group as Abdalfatah H.A. against the Syrian government troops, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

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The pair were arrested in Düsseldorf and Gießen Wednesday and Thursday and are slated to appear before the federal court of justice. They were taken into custody after German police raided their apartments. In Germany, suspects are only identified by their first name and initials. According to information obtained by "Spiegel Online", the Syrian asylum seeker foughtfor the terrorist al-Nusra Front, now called the Fatah al-Sham Front in 2013.

A Syrian national has been arrested in Germany accused of war crimes involving the murder of dozens of civil servants. The move allows German federal judges to convict those found to have committed war crimes under the principles of universal jurisdiction.

Germany has taken more than one million refugees since the start of 2015, with many seeking protection from the wars in Syria and Iraq.

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