German citizen sentenced to 10 years for murder in Syria News | dw

A court in Düsseldorf on Friday sentenced a German citizen to 10 years in prison for murder. Under German secrecy laws, a man named Nils Dee killed a man in 2014 in a prison run by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) group in Manbij, Syria.

Prosecutors demand life imprisonment

The now-31-year-old was a member of the “Lohberg Brigade”, a group of Islamic extremists from the Dinslaken-Lohberg region, north of Düsseldorf. Members of the group went to Syria to join “IS”.

Nils D. was guarding one of the terrorist group’s prisons in Manbij, a city near Syria’s border with Turkey. According to the court, he participated in punishing a prisoner which resulted in the death of the person.

He was initially charged with the torture and murder of three prisoners, but was acquitted in two of those cases.

The prosecutor sought a life sentence for war crimes as well as murder and being part of a terrorist group. However, the court took into account the defendant’s cooperation in solving other crimes related to terrorism.

In March 2016, Nils Dee was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for being an IS member.

German citizens convicted of atrocities

Hundreds of German citizens have traveled to Syria to join the IS caliphate since 2014.

German prosecutors are working to hold German citizens accountable for crimes committed while IS dominates large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Last month, the Munich Higher Regional Court sentenced a German woman to 10 years in prison after hearing that she had left a 5-year-old Yazidi “slave” girl to die of thirst in the sun.

KB / DJ (AFP, DPA)

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