Life imprisonment for “Hell on Earth”. A German court sentenced a Syrian for murder and torture

A court in Koblenz pronounced a sentence on the death of prisoners and torture in “Hell on Earth” in Damascus. He sentenced the former Syrian service officer Anwar Ruslan to life imprisonment.

Former service officer reporting to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was convicted by a court in Koblenz, Germany to life imprisonment for the murder of several dozen people in a prison in Damascus and the rape and torture of at least 4,000 people in 2011-2012.

This is the second conviction in this court for crimes against humanity committed during the Syrian civil war – the first for torture.

Colonel Anwar Raslan, 58, on the orders of President al-Assad he brutally suppressed the protests in 2011. Thousands of people were then sent to the Al-Khatib prison in Damascus, which over time gained the infamous name “Hell on Earth”.

Anwar Raslan was detained in Germany in 2019, where he applied for asylum. He denied the accusations, claiming that he was the one who tried to help inmates in prison.

All this in a country to which 800,000 Syrians fled from the Bashar al-Assad regime and its executioners. Among them there were several dozen survivors in Al-Khatib prison who had the courage to stand trial in Koblenz and testify against Raslan.

They testified to the unimaginable suffering of the prisoners of “Hell on Earth”, who were raped, beaten, poured with icy water, electrocuted. They told about how they heard the crying and screams of tormented people every day, day after day.


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