Syria’s rebels hail ex-officer’s conviction, want justice to go higher

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By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebel and opposition groups said Germany’s conviction of a former Syrian intelligence officer for crimes against humanity this week was welcome but was only a step towards holding to account President Bashar al-Assad and his top aides. The conviction nL1N2TT0MJ of Anwar Raslan, who defected to Syria’s opposition in 2012 before securing asylum in Germany, marked a landmark ruling related to state-backed torture committed during Syria’s decade-long civil war. But opponents of Syria’s government said cases against lower ranking officers should not d…

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