BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – German federal prosecutors allegedly issued an international arrest warrant for chief of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, Jamil Hassan, claiming “crimes against humanity,” a report from Germany’s Der Spiegel claimed.
According to the Der Spiegel report, the charges were filed against Hassan by Syrian lawyer Anwar Al-Bunni and journalist Mazen Darwish.
The two men have accused Hassan and his forces of torture, murder, and sexual crimes against detainees between the years of 2011 and 2014.
Much of the evidence used to charge Hassan is based on photos that were released by the supposed military photographer, ‘Caesar,’ who released thousands of photos in 2014.
“The arrest warrant against Jamil Hassan is good news for all those affected by Assad’s system of torture: for the survivors, for the relatives and for those who are still imprisoned by the Assad government in Syria,” ECCHR Secretary General Wolfgang Kaleck said. “Germany is prepared to make its contribution to the legal reappraisal of these serious human rights crimes.”