Germany detains Syrian man accused of Yarmouk grenade assault

Germany has detained a Syrian man in Berlin who allegedly fired a grenade right into a crowd of civilians whereas combating on behalf of the federal government near the capital in 2014.

The suspect, recognized solely as Mouafak AI D, has been charged with warfare crimes that led to the demise of seven individuals, the federal prosecutor’s workplace in Karlsruhe mentioned.

Three others, together with a six-year-old little one, have been injured when German prosecutors say the suspect launched a grenade right into a crowd of Palestinian refugees who have been lining as much as obtain UN-distributed meals packages in Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus. 

Before the civil warfare erupted in 2011, Yarmouk was home to Syria’s largest focus of Palestinian refugees. Between 2013 and 2015, pro-government forces imposed a siege on Yarmouk, triggering a humanitarian disaster that killed nearly 200 individuals by March 2014. Most reportedly died of hunger and an absence of medical care.

According to the indictment, Mouafak AI D was a member of the Free Palestine Movement and earlier than that a member of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. Both government-affiliated militias exercised management over Yarmouk.  

Mouafak AI D can be introduced earlier than a decide who will determine on his attainable pre-trial detention, German prosecutors mentioned. 

Germany is home to a lot of Syrian refugees and its courts have relied on the idea of common jurisdiction, which permits for the prosecution of grave crimes dedicated out of the country, to prosecute alleged perpetrators of torture and abuse in Syria. 

Last week, a Syrian physician who sought refuge in Germany was charged with crimes in opposition to humanity together with torture and homicide inside one of many regime’s infamous detention facilities. 

In February, a German courtroom convicted Eyad al-Gharib, a former member of Syria’s safety providers, of crimes in opposition to humanity. Both France and Germany have issued arrest warrants for Jamil Hassan, the previous head of Syria’s air drive intelligence service.


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