VIENNA An Austrian court docket jailed a Syrian asylum seeker for existence for murdering twenty wounded soldiers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military even though fighting together with an anti-Assad militia around the city of Homs, a court docket spokesman claimed.
An interpreter had informed the court docket the 27-yr-outdated man recounted the episode to him in Arabic, but the accused argued his statement had been mistranslated.
The jury made a decision versus the man late on Wednesday, in accordance to the spokesman.
Austria has jailed a number of individuals for belonging to a terrorist organization, a demand usually leveled versus international or local fighters fighting in Syria together with Islamic Condition militants.
It is the very first scenario in Austria to contain the killing of troops loyal to Assad. The man was fighting together with a non-Islamist militia and was not found to belong to a terrorist organization.
His law firm claimed he would enchantment versus the ruling.
(Reporting By Shadia Nasralla Modifying by Janet Lawrence)