A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria.

The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle.
Judge Tomas Zander said the victim, who was not identified, was shot dead along with six others ‘under particularly cruel circumstances’.

captured by the independent Islamist group, which was founded in 2011.

The Stockholm District Court sentenced 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh to life imprisonment after ruling that he joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle

The Stockholm District Court sentenced 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh to life imprisonment after ruling that he joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle

The Islamist armed group captured the men during an attack at the beginning of May 2012, and the seven were shot to death less than two days later, according to Stockholms Tingsratt.

In the years since the execution, it has been impossible to identify the victims.

Sakhanh had confessed to the shooting but said he should not be prosecuted because the death sentences had been made by a legitimate court, something the Swedish court rejected.

 

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