German police forces arrest suspected Syrian war criminal


German police arrest suspected jihadist. File photo

German police have arrested two Syrian men, one of whom is suspected of being involved in the murder of 36 Syrian government employees in Syria in March 2013, and committing war crimes, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The arrest operation took place in Giessen and Dusseldorf.

Abdalfatah H. A., 35, is suspected of being a member of the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra.

The suspect is also accused of carrying out a death sentence under Sharia law and of killing, with other members of his unit, 36 employees of the Syrian government. Spiegel Online reported that he was an asylum seeker.

Abdulrahman A.A., 26, the second arrestee, is also suspected of being a member of Nusra Front and of dealing with money and transport for his unit. Prosecutors did not say whether he was suspected of war crimes.

In Germany, suspects are only identified by their first name and initials.

Prosecutors said officers from Western Germany, and in south-western Baden-Wurttemberg took part in the police operation in Dusseldorf and Giessen.


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