February 3, 2020

FRANCE: A Senior Leader In A Syrian Jihadist Militia Known As The Army Of Islam Has Been Arrested In France And Charged With War Crimes. He Was Legally Living In The Country On A Student Visa.

The Times, UK
written by Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
Monday February 3, 2020

senior figure in Syria’s opposition has been arrested in Marseilles and charged with war crimes.

Islam Alloush, who is in his thirties, was the spokesman for the Army of Islam, a rebel group that controlled the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta for seven years. He is thought to have travelled to France on an Erasmus student visa.

The International Federation for Human Rights, an advocacy organisation that has been working with 20 of the group’s alleged victims and their families, filed a complaint against Mr Alloush with the French authorities in June last year, accusing him of complicity in war crimes, torture and enforced disappearances. The organisation accused the group of carrying out a “reign of terror”.

The Army of Islam was led by...


written by Staff
Saturday February 1, 2020

The suspect was in France on an Erasmus student visa and was arrested in Marseille

A senior official in the Syrian armed Islamist group Jaysh al Islam (Army of Islam) was arrested Wednesday in France and charged with multiple felonies, including war crime atrocities and torture, a judicial source said on Friday.

The man, born in 1988, is said to be a former spokesperson for the group and was in France on an Erasmus student visa. He was taken into custody in the southern port city of Marseille.

After 48 hours in police custody, he was brought before a Parisian judge who charged him with "acts of torture," "war crimes" and " complicity in enforced disappearances."

According to a joint press release by three NGOs, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), SCM (Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression) and LDH (League for Human Rights), the man arrested was identified as Islam Alloush, also known as Majdi Mustafa Nameh.

He "is among the senior officials of Jaysh Al Islam," who was counted among the some 20,000 combatants in the militia, and "caused terror to reign in the rebel areas it controlled, mainly in eastern Ghouta, which it lost control in April 2018," according to their press release.

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