Ali Mamlouk – Marie Colvin case
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Ali Mamlouk was born in Damascus on 19 February 1946. He is one of the founders of the Syrian Air Intelligence Service. After assuming the post of head of the General Security Directorate, President Bashar al-Assad appointed him in June 2005 as head of the National Security Bureau
Since 2011, he has been sanctioned by the European Union and the United States for its role in the repression of the Syrian civilian population.
On 22 February 2012, while war correspondent Marie Colvin was covering the siege of the city of Homs, she lost her life in an attack of the Syrian government forces against the building where she was with other journalists. Mamlouk is accused of being one of the Syrian officials behind this attack.
On 11 August 2012, a Lebanese court indicted him, in absentia, for his involvement in the assassination of Issam Al-Hassan, the Lebanese intelligence chief. Lebanon issued an international arrest warrant against Ali Mamlouk on 4 February 2013.
On July 9, 2016, the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and the law firm Shearman & Sterling filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government for the murder of the war correspondent Marie Colvin, on behalf of her family. The complaint was filed before the Columbia District, for the murder of a US citizen under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a federal law allowing victims to sue states considered to provide support to terrorism, such as Syria. He is one of the Syrian officials named and concerned by the complaint.
The Syrian government did not respond to the complaint but Bashar al-Assad denied targeting and killing Colvin to stifle his reporting on the conflict.