Syrian torture survivors finally came face to face with their tormentor. But the reckoning took place far from home

Syrian torture survivors finally came face to face with their tormentor. But the reckoning took place far from home

Syrian torture survivors finally came face to face with their tormentor. But the reckoning took place far from home Updated 0950 GMT (1750 HKT) January 15, 2022 Koblenz, Germany (CNN)When Anwar Raslan was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, he appeared nonplussed. Elsewhere in the courtroom, the former Syrian colonel's victims rejoiced. Amid cheers, they shook hands and embraced. Social distancing rules were briefly forgotten. Raslan, a bespectacled 58-year-old, barely flinched. The court in Koblenz delivered this historic verdict on Thursday morning. And scores of Syrian activists -- mostly relatives of people who have been forcibly disappeared or killed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- poured into this tiny German city to witness it. The ruling concluded a nearly two-year trial, the first to …
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