Sept. 30, 2015
France Opens War Crimes Inquiry Against Assad Regime (AFP-France 24)
Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry on Sept. 15 into war crimes committed by the Syrian government between 2011 and 2013, a source close to the case told AFP.
“Faced with these crimes that offend the human conscience, this bureaucracy of horror, faced with this denial of the values of humanity, it is our responsibility to act against the impunity of the assassins,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.
Paris’s investigation is focusing on evidence from a former Syrian army photographer who fled the country in 2013 with some 55,000 graphic photographs.
These “thousands of unbearable photos, authenticated by many experts, which show corpses tortured and starved to death in the prisons of the regime, demonstrate the systematic cruelty of the Assad regime,” Fabius said.