BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – A German court sentenced a Syrian national to life in prison on Monday after he was found to have committed war crimes in his native country.
According to the official website of the Dusseldorf Court, the judge sentenced the Syrian national, Ibrahim A., 43, to life in prison for the war crimes he committed during his stint as a militia commander in northern Syria.
“As a commander he used lawlessness resulting from chaos of the civil war and his de facto control of parts of Aleppo for criminal gains, plundering and kidnapping people whom he tortured or allowed to be tortured by his militiamen,” the statement read.
Sputnik News reported that the convict amassed a fortune by claiming ransom, investigators found. He was arrested in Germany after a survivor recognized him.
Ibrahim denies the charges. The court said the sentence can be appealed.