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Inside the Raslan Trial: The Al-Gharib Verdict in Detail

SJAC’s 28th trial monitoring report details day 62 of the trial of Eyad Al-Gharib in Koblenz, Germany. The judges found him guilty of aiding and abetting torture and severe deprivation of liberty as crimes against humanity. They found that he was involved in the arrest of 30 people and their transfer to Branch 251 in September or October 2011. According to the judges, he could have escaped the situation and a defense of duress was therefore not applicable. After weighing the aggravating and mitigating factors based on the totality of evidence (namely his self-incriminating interview with the German asylum authority), Al-Gharib was sentenced to 4.5 years imprisonment.