A Syrian Rebel with Ties to ISIS Has Been Sentenced to 12 Years in Jail by a German Federal Court
A member of the undefined "Free Syrian Army" was sentenced to twelve years in prison by the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court earlier this month for war crimes committed in Syria and for ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The verdict was made public on Monday, and the punishment followed the rejection of the defendant's appeal by the Federal Court of Justice's Third Criminal Senate, which found no legal mistake in the Stuttgart court's final ruling.
The defendant took part in multiple engagements against the Syrian regime in 2012 as part of a sub-unit of the "Free Syrian Army," according to the court. He had brought a captured member of a Syrian government-supporting militia to his unit's headquarters and killed him while he was shackled. However, some evidence suggests that the guy died from gunfire fired by others rather than the defendants.
Finally, it was revealed to the court that the defendant joined ISIS in June 2014, and within a month of joining, he and two other members reportedly kidnapped and abused two minors at a school that was used as a jail. He is also accused of detaining another student at the same school for breaching the ISIS code of conduct, as well as performing roadside inspections and other contributions to the group until his departure from Syria in October 2014.