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Man prosecuted in Sweden for Syrian war crimes

Published måndag 2 februari 2015 kl 11.51
Bild tagen från ett sönderbombat hus i staden Kobani i norra Syrien. Fler sönderbombade hus syns i bakgrunden. Foto: Jake Simkin/TT.
An image from the war, taken in Kobani, Syria. File photo: Jake Simkin/TT.

A Syrian man who fought in his native country is being prosecuted in Sweden for war crimes and aggravated assault, in what is being called the first case of its kind.

According to the prosecution, the man, 28, along with others, assaulted a captive, and the police got access to a film that shows the man taking part in the abuse. The man is in custody.

In September of 2013, the man received permanent residency in Sweden and that is why he is being prosecuted here.

Prosecutor Hanna Lemoine told news agency TT that she believes this is the first time that someone in Sweden is being prosecuted for a crime committed in the Syrian civil war.

In the summer of 2012, the man in question participated in the civil war, on the opposition side, with the Free Syrian Army. The victim of the crime is said to have been a supporter of the Assad regime.

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