LONDON: Former international prosecutors said Tuesday they have EVIDENCE FROM A DEFECTOR proving that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has systematically killed and tortured around 11,000 people.
A report by three top investigators COMMISSIONED BY QATAR ,which backs the Syrian rebels, examined thousands of pictures said to have been smuggled out by a former military police photographer.
The report, which was FIRST RELEASED IN GUARDIAN AND ON CNN,shows evidence of starvation, strangulation and beatings, and features pictures of emaciated corpses with livid wounds.
Syria denies torturing detainees.BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE said the report “offers further evidence of the systematic violence and brutality being visited upon the people of Syria by the Assad regime”.
The report was written by DESMOND DE SILVA,former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone; GEOFFREY NICE,the former lead prosecutor in the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic; and DAVID CRANE,who indicted Liberian president Charles Taylor.
The DEFECTOR IDENTIFIED ONLY AS “CAESAR” for his own safety
PRESENTED FORENSIC EXPERTS COMMISSIONED BY A LONDON LEGAL FIRM REPRESENTING QATAR WITH AROUND 55,000 DIGITAL IMAGES OF 11,000 DEAD DETAINEES since the start of the uprising in Syria in March 2011. The images were on memory sticks.
The fact that the defector had not claimed to have actually witnessed any of the killings added credibility to his story, they said.
Crane called the evidence “amazing” and suggested there was a strong case for prosecution.