German citizen sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder in Syria

DUSSELDORF, Germany — A court in Dusseldorf, Germany, convicted a 31-year-old man of premeditated murder for torturing a man to death in a prison run by the Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Mabbug (Manbij) in Syria in 2014, Deutsche Welle reported.

The report stated that the German national was a member of the Lüberg Brigade, a group of Islamic extremists who headed from the Lüberg neighborhood of the German town of Dinslaken, north of Dusseldorf, to Syria and joined ISIS.

The General Prosecutor requested a life sentence on charges of premeditated murder and connection with war crimes and a terrorist group. However, the court took into account the defendant’s cooperation in solving other terrorism-related crimes.

He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in 2016 for being an ISIS member, according to Deutsche Welle.

The man was accused of torturing and killing three prisoners, but was acquitted in two of the three cases.