So what was he doing in Austria?
The very same could be asked about the Iraqi twin brothers recently convicted and handed ”life sentences” in Finland for murdering cadets in cold blood in Tikrit.
Syrian gets life sentence in Austria for murder of 20 soldiers
The court in the western city of Innsbruck announced its ruling late on Wednesday after a jury found the 27-year-old guilty of 20 charges of “murder as a terror offence”.
The man, who denied the charges, was detained in a refugee shelter in Tyrol state last June after being denounced by a fellow Syrian.
According to Austrian media, the accused had boasted to other asylum seekers of belonging to a rebel unit and shooting unarmed or injured troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar-al Assad.
After his arrest, the man initially admitted to the 2013-2014 killings in the western region of Homs but later retracted his confession, saying his testimony had been badly translated.