Alexei Poplavsky wrote, in Gazeta Rowe, about whether the judgment of the former Syrian intelligence officer in Germany has implications for Assad’s authority.
The article states: The Supreme Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, issued a landmark ruling against Syrian Iyad al-Gharib, 44, and sentenced him to four and a half years in prison for aiding in the commission of crimes against humanity.
The fact that a German court ruled in a case of crimes committed on the territory of another sovereign state is, in and of itself, an exciting event. In 2002, Germany adopted a law criminalizing violations of international law.
Many Western experts and human rights activists view the German court’s decision, against Iyad al-Gharib, as a precedent that will make it possible to start prosecuting representatives of the “bloody regime”.
However, according to Andrei Choprigin, senior lecturer at the School of Oriental Studies at the Higher School of Economics, it is difficult to say whether this decision could lead to consequences for the Syrian government, but it can be assumed why Germany took this step.
He told Gazeta Rowe: “Actually, this is just a bone thrown at the pseudo-humanitarian organizations operating on German soil. Most likely, this is part of the fraud of a largely enthusiastic group of Syrian refugees living in Germany. This was done to show that the German side is. Protects their interests. “
On the other hand, the presidential elections in Syria are approaching. Here, Berlin’s move appears to support the opposition – according to Chopregin – and the only thing that remains unclear is who Germany supports exactly, because opponents of the Syrian authorities are so many.
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