Inside the Raslan Trial: “Impertinence!” Defense Counsel questions the role of Anwar Al-Bunni

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 44 Hearing Dates: August 25 & 26, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Day 88 – August 25, 2021 P46, a […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: No Enforced Disappearances

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 43 Hearing Dates: August 18 &19, 2021   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 86—August 18, 2021 The Court first heard the testimony of Mr. Okotutsch, a 26-year-old police inspector at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) who […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Incidents or a Revolution?

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 42 Hearing Dates: July 21 & 22, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 84 – July 21, 2021 P42, a […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: The one who is arrested is lost; The one who is released is newborn

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 41 Hearing Dates: July 14 &15, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 82 – July 14, 2021 P40, a 28-year-old […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: The People Were Monsters but the Cockroaches Were Kind

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 40 Hearing Date: July 07, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Day 81 – July 07, 2021 P39, a plaintiff […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Trauma, justice, and politics

   TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 39 Hearing Dates: June 30 & July 1, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 79 – June 30, 2021 […]

UPDATE: German Prosecutor indicted Syrian Doctor for Crimes Against Humanity

  Caution: This blog post includes descriptions of torture. After one year of pre-trial detention, the German Federal Prosecutor General filed the public indictment against Alaa M. at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt on July 15, 2021 [GER only]. Once the court confirms the opening of the main trial within a few weeks’ time, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Guard: “there is no God, just Bashar Al-Assad.”

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 37 Hearing Dates: June 16 & 17, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 75 – June 16, 2021 P34, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A Facebook chat opens a window to the disappeared

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 36 Hearing Dates: May 19 and 20, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 73 – May 19, 2021 The witness […]

Press Release: Historic Syria trial in Koblenz: Academics call for audio recordings

  Berlin/Koblenz, 1 July 2021 – Despite the historic significance of the world’s first trial on state-organized torture in Syria, there is no official documentation of the proceedings at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz. To change this, several German, Syrian, and international academic and research institutions filed a motion to the court today. They […]

German Prosecutor about to indict Syrian Doctor for Crimes Against Humanity

  An updated version of this article can be accessed here Caution: This blog post includes descriptions of torture. After one year of pre-trial detention [GER only], the German Federal Prosecutor General will soon file the public indictment against Alaa M. Once the relevant court confirms the opening of the main trial, the trial will be […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “Even Anwar Raslan was a victim.”

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 35 Hearing Date: May 5, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] On day 72 of trial, the Court […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Bashar Al-Assad makes an appearance

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB  Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany  Trial Monitoring Report 34 Hearing Date: April 21, 2021  A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 71 – April 21, 2021 P33, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: I Abandoned my Memories.

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 33 Hearing Dates: April 14 & 15, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 69 – April 14, 2021 P32, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “The Movie Director’s Funeral.”

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 32 Hearing Dates: April 7 and 8, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.    Summaries/Highlights:1 Trial Day 67 – April 7, 2021 P31 [name […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: An Invitation to Coffee at Al Khatib

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 31 Hearing Date: March 24, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 66 – March 24, 2021 The witness who […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Plaintiffs under Scrutiny

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 30 Hearing Date: March 17, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 65 – March 17, 2021 The plaintiff P30, a […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “I am not me.”

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 29 Hearing Dates: March 10 & 11, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here All reports and witness lists are available, here   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.  Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 63 – March 10, 2021 After the verdict […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Closing Statements in the Al-Gharib Trial

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 27 Hearing Dates: February 17 & 18, 2021 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 60 – February 17, 2021 German translations of three documents […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Was it him or not? 

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 26 Hearing Dates: February 3, 2021 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 59 – February 3, 2021 Deußing, a criminal chief inspector with […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A new room raises old concerns about transparency

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 25 Hearing Dates: January 27 & 28, 2021 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 57 – January 27, 2021 Mr. Hörl, a criminal inspector […]

PRESS RELEASE: SJAC and ICWC present lessons learned (so far) from the world’s first trial against two former Syrian Intelligence employees

“Courts seized of these types of allegations should carefully consider how to engage in public outreach to populations most affected by the alleged crimes, including through interpretation services and providing open access to court proceedings” said The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) and The International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials (ICWC) in a press […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A Clear-eyed view of Al-Khatib

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL–GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 24 Hearing Dates: January 13 & 14, 2021 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.    Summaries/Highlights:1 Trial Day 55 – January 13, 2021 P26 was allowed to conceal personal information due to concerns about his family’s […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “I know this man…but he is not Abu Ghadab”

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 23 Hearing dates of January 6 and 7, 2021 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.  Summary / Highlights:1 Trial Day 53 – January 6, 2021 P25, a 30-year-old, who was detained […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Pregnant at Al-Khatib

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 22 Hearing Date: December 16, 2020 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.    Summaries/Highlights:1 Trial Day 52 – December 16, 2020 P24, a 41–year–old female witness testified on her detention at Branch 251 and Division […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “There was always hope and fear”

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 21 Hearing Dates: December 9 & 10, 2020 To read this report as a PDF, click here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.    Summaries/Highlights:1 Trial Day 50 – December 09, 2020 The court heard the […]

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

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 28 Hearing Date: February 24, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 62 – February 24, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Eyewitness Declares 90% Certainty That Raslan Beat Him

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 19 Hearing dates of November 25 and 26, 2020 A full PDF is available here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summary / Highlights:[1] Trial Day 46 – November 25, 2020 P20, a former detainee at […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A Forensic Analysis of the Caesar Photos

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 17 Hearing Dates: November 3 & 4, 2020 A full PDF of this report is available here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 41 – November 3, 2020 Prof. Dr. Rothschild, a 58-year […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A Note on the Delayed Translation of SJAC Trial Reports

A Note on the Delayed Translation of SJAC Trial Reports Since the beginning of the Anwar R. and Eyad A. trial in Koblenz, SJAC trial monitors have attended every trial session and produced highly-detailed summaries of the proceedings. Each trial monitoring report has been subject to several layers of review, including legal review by the […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Corpses as Chattel and Raslan’s Photographic Memory

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 15 Hearing Dates: October 6, 7, & 8, 2020 A full PDF of this report is available here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 35 – October 6, 2020 A plaintiff, P17, […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Guards played the music of Fayrouz amidst the sound of beatings

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 14 Hearing dates of October 01, 2020 A full PDF of the report can be found here.     CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summary / Highlights:[1] P16, a 38-year-old woman, testified about her detention and interrogations […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Notes of Compassion from Raslan and SCM’s Director Testifies

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 13 Hearing Dates: September 15 & 16, 2020 A full PDF of the report can be found here.    CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 32 – September 15, 2020 Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian Center for […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: State Secrets and Mass Graves

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 12 Hearing dates of September 9 and 10, 2020 Full PDF of the report can be found here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summary / Highlights:[1] Trial Day 30 – September 9 P14, a 55-year-old man, testified […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Al-Gharib’s arrest ends at a health clinic

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 11 Hearing Dates: September 2-3, 2020[1] Full PDF of the report can be found here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.  Summary / Highlights: Trial Day 28 – September 2, 2020 Manuel Deußing, an inspector for the German […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “There was Gandhi, Mandela and I am the third”

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 10 Hearing Dates: August 26-27, 2020[1] Full PDF of the report can be found here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.  Summary / Highlights: Trial Day 26 – August 26, 2020 Riyad Mossallam Saif, a 73-year-old man […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: The Musician and the Blogger

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 9 Hearing dates of August 19 and 20, 2020  Full PDF of the report can be found here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summary / Highlights:[1] Trial Day 24 P11, a 35-year old man, testified about his […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: A botched in-court identification and multiple accounts of torture

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 7 Hearing Dates: July 29, 30, & 31, 2020 Full pdf of the report found here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 19 – July 29, 2020 P7, a 30-year-old man, testified about his […]

Inside the Raslan trial: Torture, an Insider Witness, and Facebook

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 6 Hearing dates of July 1, 2, 3, & 6, 2020 CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. [Information located in brackets are notes from our court monitor]. (Information located in parentheses is information stated by the witness, […]

PRESS RELEASE: Syrian journalist and human rights organization secure access to Arabic translation of the Anwar Raslan trial

  Berlin/Koblenz, 19 August 2020 – Accredited Arabic-speaking journalists will finally have access to simultaneous German-Arabic interpretation during the world’s first trial on Syrian state torture before the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany. This was ordered by the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe on 18 August 2020. In doing so, the court granted the […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: The First Insider Witness Testifies

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 5 Hearing dates of June 24 & 25, 2020 Full PDF of the report can be found here. [Information located in brackets are notes from our court monitor]. (Information located in parenthesis is information stated by the witness, […]

Witness or Suspect? The Trial of Anwar Raslan and Eyad Al Gharib

As the trial of Anwar Raslan and Eyad Al-Gharib enters its fifth month, a recurring issue surrounds the initial police questioning of the Accused. Should Raslan and Al-Gharib’s statements to police be accepted as evidence of guilt? The answer will depend on the status of Raslan and Al-Gharib at the time of questioning: were they […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Victims Testify

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 4 Hearing dates of June 3, 4, & 5, 2020 Full PDF of the report can be found here, available in English and Arabic.   Note: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. [Information located in brackets are […]

“They made me do it” – Necessity and Duress Defenses

A big moment in the trial of Anwar Raslan and Eyad Al Gharib came on May 18 when Anwar Raslan’s defense counsel presented Raslan’s statement to the court. Syrian victims in the court were curious to understand how those accused of such serious crimes would respond to the charges. One said, “I thought I would […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Details on Branch 251

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 3 Hearing dates of May 27, 28 & 29, 2020   Summary / Highlights Trial Day 7 Three witnesses—a police inspector, translator and police high commissioner—testified about their questioning of Eyad Al-Gharib. The police inspector testified that Accused […]

Inside the Anwar Raslan Trial: Raslan speaks (through his lawyer)

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 2 Hearing dates of May 18 & 19, 2020 Highlights Trial Day 5 Four witnesses from the German government, including a translator, testified about their interviews with Eyad Al-Gharib during his asylum procedure. Anwar Raslan’s defence counsel read […]

Inside the Anwar Raslan trial: the first four days

TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL GHARIB Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 1 Hearing dates of April 23, 24, 27, 28 & 29, 2020 Highlights Trial Day 1 Anwar Raslan and Eyad Al-Gharib appeared in court for the first time. The charges of the indictment were read out in court, […]

SJAC to monitor first trial of Senior Government Official

A German court has scheduled the first hearings in the ground-breaking trial of a former Syrian government official and his subordinate for acts of torture, the first criminal trial worldwide on state torture in Syria. The Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany has scheduled the trial of Anwar R. and Eyad A. to commence on […]