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FAQ to war crimes: From the note to law enforcement

how to get German authorities information on war crimes? What happens then? And can become time-barred war crimes? tagesschau.de answers to important questi

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FAQ to war crimes: From the note to law enforcement

how to get German authorities information on war crimes? What happens then? And can become time-barred war crimes? tagesschau.de answers to important questions.

All fold To what crime it is?

hit the offenses under international law such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, for example, the targeted killing of civilians and prisoners, or the obstruction of humanitarian assistance. In 2016, the higher regional court of Frankfurt sentenced a man who had posed in the Syrian civil war, with metal rods spitted heads of two killed soldiers. Even alone, the Pose may be liable to prosecution, because "a was treated under international humanitarian law to protect a Person in a serious manner degrading or humiliating".

What is the legal basis?

The international criminal code (VStGB) makes it possible for the German judiciary to prosecute certain crimes against international law committed abroad. Also punished, the perpetrators are not Germans. So to avoid that war criminals abroad, are protected from criminal prosecution.

in fact, it was in Germany in the past few years, arrests and charges. Last about two alleged former employees of the Syrian, were arrested in February, secret service. The two Syrians are said to have been involved in torture and physical abuse, even to killings.

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