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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Case Filed in Sweden Against Syrian Officials

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7Dnews London

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:29 GMT

Nine Syrians filed a criminal complaint in Sweden against senior officials in the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the European human rights group the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

The ECCHR mainly works to help survivors of torture in Syria and said that the purpose was to have Sweden investigate 25 named intelligence officials "as well as those not yet known by name" and in response issue international arrest warrants.

On Wednesday February 20th, the Berlin-based non-governmental organisation said the complaint in Sweden follows similar tactics already employed in several European countries.

Earlier this month a breakthrough took place for international investigators hoping to hold individuals accountable for atrocities committed on behalf of the Syrian government during the country’s civil war, when three suspects were arrested in Germany and France.

Meanwhile, a convoy of trucks carrying civilians left the last pocket held by Isis militants in eastern Syria.

On Wednesday, at least eight trucks emerged from the tip of a humanitarian corridor used in the past weeks to evacuate people from the militants' last patch of territory along the Euphrates River, an AP team said. Women, children and men could be seen aboard the trucks.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed militia spearheading the fight against Isis in Syria, confirmed the trucks were carrying civilians from the enclave.

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