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Hungarian Court Tries Suspected Isis Member Over Mass Murder

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:35 GMT

A court in Hungary on Wednesday November 13th began the trial of a 27-year old Syrian man accused of terrorism and crimes against humanity as a military leader of Isis near the city of Homs in 2015, Reuters reported.

The 27-year-old defendant, identified as F Hassan, is charged with taking part in the murder of at least 25 people, including at least six women and a child, Saudi Al-Arabiya cited the prosecution as saying. 

Hassan and his lawyer Janos Kelen deny the allegations, according to Reuters. 

The defendant was tasked with preparing a list of people to be killed near Homs, for revenge or intimidation purposes, prosecutor Andras Urbanyi said, noting that Hassan joined Isis before 2014. He added that Hassan’s brigade murdered the people on the list one by one. 

Urbanyi also accused Hassan of severing the head of an imam and holding it up to the crowd. 

Hassan denied he was Syria at that time, claiming that he had been in Turkey when the incident took place. 

Kelen questioned a video shown in the court, seen as evidence of Hassan’s involvement in the attack, disputing that it featured Hassan. The video captured the moment of the imam’s execution.  

The lawyer also declined to recognise a lie detector test undergone by Hassan, saying it had been conducted in an illegal way. 


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