Germany: Syrian torture on trial | DW Documentary

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Torture in Syria - a German court has been deliberating it for one year now. It is an extraordinary process: not only are the defendants being held responsible, but also the Assad regime itself. Survivors are hoping justice will be served. Wassim Mukdad has first-hand experience of what it means to be at the arbitrary mercy of a state. He was repeatedly beaten and mistreated in the notorious Al-Khatib prison. The Syrian musician fled to Germany, as did the journalist Luna Watfa, who was also in custody. Both are now putting their hopes in the Koblenz Higher Regional Court. It is currently deliberating the guilt of Syrian torturers--a case with no direct involvement of Germans. The basis of the trial is the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction, according to which crimes against humanity can be punished worldwide. The court has already sentenced an accomplice of the torturers to four-and-a-half years in prison. Now Anwar R. is on trial. He is a former prison director, who also fled to Germany and, as the main defendant, now has to justify his actions. Some survivors of Syrian state torture are following the trial on location--as joint plaintiffs or as journalists. They told DW reporter Viktoria Kleber how much they are still suffering from their experiences, and what they hope the Koblenz trial will achieve. ـــــ DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch top documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. Subscribe to: DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1# DW Documental (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/dwdocumental DW Documentary وثائقية دي دبليو: (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/dwdocarabia For more visit: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/docfilm/s-3610 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories We kindly ask viewers to read and stick to the DW netiquette policy on our channel: https://p.dw.com/p/MF1G
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