One Year On – Remembering the Al-Khatib Syrian Torture Case and Reflecting on the Documentation of International Crimes Cases in German Courts

Author: Patrick Kroker
Published: 12.01.2023
One year ago, on 13 January 2022, the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz, Germany, convicted Anwar R, a senior member of the Syrian General Intelligence Service, of at least 4,000 cases of torture, the murder of 27 people and multiple cases of sexual violence as a crime against humanity in the context of the infamous Al-Khatib prison in Damascus, Syria. This was the first trial for state torture and crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian government against its own people. While the trial received worldwide attention (see for many here, here and here; it was even debated by the…