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Syrian jailed in Sweden over Facebook beating video

Syrian jailed in Sweden over Facebook beating video

Free Syrian Army fighters not related to the article. Photo: AP Photo/Manu Brabo

Published: 11 May 2016 17:27 GMT+02:00

Mouhannad Droubi, 29, had become the first Syrian convicted in Sweden for crimes committed in his country’s brutal conflict when acourt handed him a five-year sentence in February 2015 over the filmed attack.

But the war crimes conviction was scrapped after it emerged that the victim was not a pro-regime soldier as previously thought, but a member of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) like Droubi himself.

On Wednesday, the court in Huddinge near Stockholm, handed Droubi a longer sentence despite the lesser charge. It also ordered him to be deported as soon as his jail term is up and banned him from the country for life.

Droubi, who has lived in Sweden since 2013, posted the video on Facebook in 2012 to prove his FSA credentials.

The clip shows at least five men – of whom only Droubi has been identified – attacking an injured man tied to a chair with his hands and feet bound. He was beaten with a truncheon and a whip, according to court documents.

At the time of Droubi’s first conviction, the court believed the victim was a regime soldier, which made the beating a violation of the Geneva Convention and thus a war crime.

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