Syria photos show 11,000 killed by regime

January 22, 2014 - 2:54:16 am

Burning buses at a bus station hit by an airstike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad in Jisr Al Hajj in Aleppo, yesterday.

LONDON: Syrian officials could face war crimes charges based on photographs from a defector proving the “industrial-scale” torture and killing of 11,000 detainees by the regime, international prosecutors say.

Evidence smuggled out by a former Syrian military police photographer was reminiscent of the conditions in the death camps in Nazi Germany in World War II, the three investigators said.

A report by the prosecutors — commissioned by Qatar, which backs the Syrian rebels — provides “clear evidence” of starvation, strangulation and beating of detainees in President Bashar Al Assad’s prisons.

“There is clear evidence, capable of being believed by a tribunal of fact in a court of law, of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by the agents of the Syrian government,” the report said.

“Such evidence would support findings of crimes against humanity against the current Syrian regime. Such evidence could also support findings of war crimes against the current Syrian regime.”

The report was written by Desmond de Silva, former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone; Geoffrey Nice, the former lead prosecutor in the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic; and David Crane, who indicted Liberian president Charles Taylor.

AFP

 

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