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Four Corners: Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad
Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad
ABC  |  April 24, 2017
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The images of Syrian men, women and children killed in a chemical gas attack in April appalled the world, and led the US to unleash an air strike on the Syrian regime. But as shocking as the use of these weapons is, it was just the latest act of brutality rained down on the citizens of Syria by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, international pressure is rising for Assad and his regime to be held to account for years of atrocities. In a secret location in Europe, war crimes investigators have been building a criminal case against the Syrian regime. Using a cache of more than 600,000 smuggled documents, investigators have been piecing together evidence of what has happened to the thousands of Syrians who have been killed, tortured or "disappeared" at the hands of the Assad government.

Investigators have amassed a vast trove of evidence, including thousands of photographs smuggled out by a regime defector. The investigators have also interviewed hundreds of people whose names appear on arrest lists and interrogation notes, along with survivors, former prisoners and family members of Assad's victims, who say they want the perpetrators brought before a court. Now, the war crimes investigators believe they have the evidence needed.

The images of Syrian men, women and children killed in a chemical gas attack in April appalled the world, and led the US to unleash an air strike on the Syrian regime. But as shocking as the use of these weapons is, it was just the latest act of brutality rained down on the citizens of Syria by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, international pressure is rising for Assad and his regime to be held to account for years of atrocities. In a secret location in Europe, war crimes investigators have been building a criminal case against the Syrian regime. Using a cache of more than 600,000 smuggled documents, investigators have been piecing together evidence of what has happened to the thousands of Syrians who have been killed, tortured or "disappeared" at the hands of the Assad government.

Investigators have amassed a vast trove of evidence, including thousands of photographs smuggled out by a regime defector. The investigators have also interviewed hundreds of people whose names appear on arrest lists and interrogation notes, along with survivors, former prisoners and family members of Assad's victims, who say they want the perpetrators brought before a court. Now, the war crimes investigators believe they have the evidence needed.

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