The Dutch were tried for the first time for being executed in Syria. A video was posted on the Internet. As of today, the case is being heard in The Hague Court.
The suspect is a 49-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who is said to have committed war crimes in his home country.His arrest is Shock In the village of Kappel in Zealand, the Syrian lived there with his wife and seven children for several years. He is known for his friendly people. He has played in the local football club and in the village. church go with.
But according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, his past was very grim. It is said that before flying to the Netherlands, he was the commander of the Syrian terrorist movement Jabhat al-Nusra, a local branch of al-Qaeda. He was suspected of war and terrorism crimes, including executions.
The execution took place in the summer of 2012 and has been uploaded to a video on YouTube. The victim was a captured Syrian air force lieutenant colonel. Although he surrendered, the senior soldier was taken to the banks of the Euphrates River and shot there.
The video said: “This is the fate of every traitor, every murderer, every criminal who killed innocent civilians.” “He bombed civilian houses.”
Hunt down war criminals
For several years, the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office has been working hard to intensify its investigation of war crimes in Syria. Agreements have been reached with other European countries on this. It should lead to higher penalties.
But finding concrete evidence is often difficult because it is impossible to conduct research in Syria. This is why people often have doubts about members of terrorist organizations.
A Dutch judge recently sentenced two men to several years in prison for kicking and posing next to the body. These have also proved to be war crimes.
As Abu Khuder
Now, for the first time there is a case involving enforcement. The suspect, Ahmed al K., will play a leading role in the organization that committed the murder in eastern Syria.
Soon after the execution, he gave Interview To the British newspaper The Guardian. In it, he himself was wounded by a sniper’s bullet, telling how he first fought for the Free Syrian Army. Because he felt that these insurgents had done too little to President Assad’s regime, so he turned to support the Victory Front. He found in religious fighters the structure and discipline that the Free Syrian Army lacks.
He used the name Abu Kud and became the commander of one of their battalions. Their expertise: homemade explosives and car bombs. In 2014, he fled to the Netherlands, allegedly to receive treatment for his terminally ill daughter. In this way, he and his family came to Capel.
The Dutch police found Abu Khuder after receiving clues from Germany. The other members of his camp were investigated. The German police have testimony against the suspect, and the Netherlands continues to do so.
Deployed undercover agents
One of the characteristics of the investigation was the deployment of an undercover agent. Ahmad al K. admitted to the police officer that his voice could be heard in the execution video. Polling investigation revealed that this is indeed the suspect.
The procuratorate now has a second video where he can be seen in person. These videos will be shown in the courtroom later in the trial.
Another feature of the case is that the court interviewed someone via WhatsApp for the first time. It involves a witness from Syria, otherwise he would not be able to speak.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the investigation has obtained a large amount of evidence against the Kappel refugees. The public prosecutor suspected that Al K. negotiated a ransom with his victim. In the video, the soldier bid “15 million” (now 10,000 euros), apparently to get him released. “This is not a drop of blood on children killed in Deir ez-Zor, Holmes or Hula,” Al K. replied, referring to the place where a large number of civilians were killed.
Al K. himself has a different story. He said he just wanted to avoid execution. Abu Khuder said that he negotiated for his brother, who was imprisoned by the Assad regime and will be tortured in prison. He had planned to replace his brother with a lieutenant colonel. It didn’t work, that’s why he was forced to join the death squad.
He said that the Guardian’s interview was to ensure that he would not be harassed by jihadists in his area.
As of today, the lawsuit will be substantively heard by the Hague Court with jurisdiction to deal with international crimes. The hearing took place in an additional safe room in Rotterdam. The verdict is expected in early July.