CBS news network reported that thousands of government documents have been smuggled out of Syria and archived by the independent Commission for International Justice and Accountability, which is in part funded by the U.S. and the European Union.
The archive, composed of more than 900,000 government documents, contain strong evidence confirming the involvement of the Syrian regime, headed by Bashar al-Assad, in war crimes against the Syrian people.
“There’s no question they lead all the way to Assad. I mean, this is a top down, organized effort. There are documents with his name on it. Clearly, he organizes this strategy,” said Stephen Rapp, former US prosecutor and chair of the Commission.
Speaking at the 60 Minutes program, Rapp said: “We see orders down to the system to pick people up, then we see reports back about problems such as too many bodies are stacking up.”
He also said if he ever goes to trial against Bashar Assad, “it would be a slam dunk,” as there are thousands of photos of victims tortured to death by Assad’s minions in addition to the paperwork linking their murders to the Syrian dictator.
The former war crimes prosecutor said a trove of evidence has been amassed against Assad is even stronger than what the Allies used to convict Nazis at Nuremberg. The Nazi’s were famous for documenting their atrocities, but he says even they didn’t take photos of individual victims with identifying information. (Source: SOC’s Media Department + Agencies)