German court jails Syrian for war crimes after landmark trial

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By Erol Dogrudogan and Joseph Nasr KOBLENZ, Germany (Reuters) -A German court on Thursday jailed an ex-Syrian intelligence officer for life for murder, rape and crimes against humanity, handing down the first ever conviction for state-backed torture committed during Syria’s civil war after a landmark trial. Anwar R. was found guilty on 27 of out 58 counts of murder, rape and sexual assault carried out at a Damascus prison run by a unit of President Bashar al-Assad’s security services that he headed. The 58-year-old, a colonel when he defected to the Syrian opposition in 2012 and who prosecutor…

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