Syrian Ahrar al-Sham members on trial in Germany for terrorism


Armed German police on duty at the main railway station Thursday in central Munich, Germany. Photo: Sven Hoppe / EPA

ARA News

Two Syrian refugees affiliated to the Turkey-backed Ahrar al-Sham group are on trial in München, Germany, for membership of a terrorist organization.

The two Syrians, one 25, the other 22-year-old, were arrested one year ago and lived in an asylum seeker shelter. Both have escaped to Germany and one of them is in a wheelchair after he was injured in the Syrian conflict, the German b24 reports.

According to German prosecutors, the defendants took part in combat campaigns against the Syrian government and other groups between August 2013 and April 2014. The men were said to have carried weapons.

The 25-year-old also accompanied troop transports, distributed food, performed guard services and attended injured.

According to the prosecutor both men acted with knowledge and the aims of Ahrar al-Sham, which is not officially designated as a terrorist organization in Germany.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the goal of Ahrar al-Sham is to overthrow the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic regime.

Ahrar al-Sham, also known as Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya, is a Sunni Salafist organization in Syria, that was co-founded by Abu Khalid al-Suri, a former al-Qaeda representative in Syria.

Nevertheless, in early 2017 there were clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham, formerly an al-Qaeda affiliate, in Idlib province.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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