BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A former Syrian rebel was sentenced to life in prison by the Stockholm District Court on Wednesday after it was discovered that the accused had participated in a massacre against a group of captured soldiers in 2011.
Haysam ‘Umar Sukhanah, 46, was a former rebel in Idlib that sought refugee status in Europe after fleeing Syria for Italy, then Sweden.
The Swedish authorities were aided by Italian police, who provided finger prints of Sukhanah during his stint in the country.
According to the Swedish courts, Sukhanah was a member of the Suleiman Group that was operating inside the Jabal Al-Zawiyah region of rural Idlib during the first two years of the Syrian conflict.
While Sukhanah stated he was only following orders, the Swedish District Court rejected this claim and issued the harshest sentence possible.