Austria charges Syrian rebel with 20 murders

The Local/AFP
The Local/AFP - [email protected] • 10 Nov, 2016 Updated Thu 10 Nov 2016 14:42 CEST
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Austrian prosecutors have charged a member of a Syrian rebel group with 20 counts of murder for allegedly executing wounded government soldiers in his home country.

The 27-year-old man was arrested in a refugee shelter in western Austria in June after being denounced by a fellow Syrian.

At first he admitted to the 2013-2014 killings in Homs and the surrounding region but later retracted his confession, a spokesman for public prosecutors in the Austrian city of Innsbruck told AFP.

The suspect, a member of a unit of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), faces life in prison if convicted. He will go on trial early next year.

The prosecutors were able to bring charges against the man under an international counterterrorism agreement, which is intended to prevent political murders from remaining unpunished if a criminal flees abroad. 

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