Germany arrests Syrians from Jabhat al-Nusra accused of committing war crimes in Syria

BERLIN – On Monday, Federal Public Prosecutors in Germany announced the arrest of two Syrian nationals believed to be linked to Jabhat al-Nusra, formerly Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria before fragmenting in 2017, and placed them in pretrial detention on suspicion of committing war crimes in Syria.

In a statement, the Karlsruhe court said that the defendants, “Khader A.K.” and “Sami A.S.”, were arrested in Nuremberg and Hessen, Germany.

The court stated that the Khader A.K. is highly suspected of belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra and participating in war crimes.

Sami A.S. is suspected of being a supporter of Jabhat al-Nusra and recorded an execution.

On 22 June, the Federal Prosecutor announced that German authorities had arrested a Syrian doctor known as Alaa M. in the German state of Hessen. Alaa M. is accused of crimes against humanity while working at the Homs Military Hospital in Syria.