Member of the political committee of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and Coordinator of the Office of Syrian Communities Abroad, Muhammad Yahya Maktabi, expressed deep concern over the actions of the Assad regime’s criminal thugs who continue to target Syrian refugees in the countries they sought refuge in. Maktabi highlighted the unimaginable suffering endured by the Syrian people under the regime’s oppressive rule and emphasized that they never anticipated being pursued by Assad’s thugs outside of Syria.
Maktabi further denounced the shabiha thugs, notorious for their threats against those advocating for freedom and dignity in Syria, for extending their reach beyond Syrian borders and intimidating Syrian diaspora communities.
He called upon the German judiciary to take a firm stance against anyone involved in or accused of committing war crimes against defenseless Syrians. Maktabi emphasized that those responsible for the bloodshed in Syria must face justice to prevent them from repeating similar atrocities anywhere they may be.
According to a report by the German newspaper Der Spiegel, during the trial sessions of a Syrian doctor accused of killing and torturing Syrian demonstrators in 2012, a witness using the pseudonym Hakim Diab received threats from spies of the Assad regime before testifying. This alarming development underscores the lengths to which the regime’s agents are willing to go to silence and intimidate those seeking justice.
The latest session of the trial, held at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt, was attended by a Syrian doctor who had previously worked with the accused, Alaa Mousa, in Syria. Currently residing in Germany, the doctor provided crucial testimony regarding the crimes committed at a regime-run military hospital in Homs. He was accompanied by members of the German Criminal Police Service, emphasizing the importance of protecting witnesses who come forward to shed light on the atrocities committed by the Assad regime.
On June 22, 2020, German prosecutors arrested Dr. Alaa Mousa at his residence in the German state of Hessen on charges of committing crimes against humanity, specifically the torture of detainees held by the Assad regime.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)