Lawyers seek war crimes case against President Bashar Assad in Germany


A group of lawyers are seeking to launch a criminal case in Germany against Syrian President Bashar Assad over alleged war crimes committed in the city of Aleppo.

The lawyers presented a criminal complaint against Mr Assad, which they are submitting to German federal prosecutors.

German law allows prosecutions under the principle of universal jurisdiction, under which countries can pursue foreigners for crimes committed abroad.

The lawyers cited Amnesty International reports and individual accounts by asylum-seekers in Germany in arguing that there is overwhelming evidence of multiple atrocities committed by Mr Assad in Aleppo between April and November.

Lawyer Mehmet Daimaguler said: “We’re experiencing genocide in Aleppo in slow motion.”

He cited the targeted bombing of hospitals, cluster bombs on civilians and forced expulsion.

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