The landmark first-ever trial worldwide of Assad regime crimes against humanity started in Koblenz, Germany on Thursday.

Two former intelligence officers of the Syrian regime, arrested in Germany last year, are accused by the Federal Public Prosecutor of being responsible for the torture of hundreds of people in the Al-Khatib detention facility in Damascus.

“The Al-Khatib trial starting today in Germany is of considerable importance worldwide,” said Wolfgang Kaleck, secretary general of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

“The systematic investigation of the Assad government’s crimes is a start. It is a beginning,” he stressed.


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