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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A former Syrian rebel was sentenced to life in prison by the Stockholm District Court on Wednesday after it was discovered that the accused had participated in a massacre against a group of captured soldiers in 2011.

Haysam ‘Umar Sukhanah, 46, was a former rebel in Idlib that sought refugee status in Europe after fleeing Syria for Italy, then Sweden.

The Swedish authorities were aided by Italian police, who provided finger prints of Sukhanah during his stint in the country.

Daily Mail
A 45-year-old Syrian man with a Swedish residency permit has been arrested for alleged war crimes in northern Syria.
Haisam Omar Sakhanh was arrested on Friday and remanded in custody in Örebro in central Sweden, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
He was detained on Monday night as part of an investigation into acts committed in the province of Idlib but the prosecutor gave no details of the alleged crimes.
The Swedish daily Expressen said he is suspected of having participated in the execution-style murder of seven men in Idlib in April 2012.
A graphic video, originally published by The New York Times in 2013, graphically shows the execution of the men with their hands tied behind their backs. It is alleged that Sakhanh was one of the executioners.
The clip, which was also posted by Expressen, shows a man suspected of being Sakhanh holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle.PIXELATED Execution FULL RES via New York Times.jpg

According to the Swedish courts, Sukhanah was a member of the Suleiman Group that was operating inside the Jabal Al-Zawiyah region of rural Idlib during the first two years of the Syrian conflict.

While Sukhanah stated he was only following orders, the Swedish District Court rejected this claim and issued the harshest sentence possible.

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