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Three Assad advisers indicted in France for Syria war crimes

Sending a strong signal to the Assad regime, a French court decided to indict three senior intelligence advisers for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Members of the Syrian army deploy in the al-Rashidin 1 district, in Aleppo's southwestern countryside, on Feb. 16, 2020.

PARIS — French authorities revealed Tuesday that three Syrian nationals, all former or current advisers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, were charged on March 29 with complicity in crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The three former advisers are head of the National Security Bureau of the Ba'ath Party Ali Mamlouk, former head of the Syrian air force intelligence directorate Jamil Hassan, and air force intelligence officer Abdel Salam Mahmoud. It is the first time that such senior Syrian officials will stand trial in France for these sorts of crimes.

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