Mouafak Al D.

04.04.2022
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Facts

According to the arrest warrant, Mouafak Al D. fired a grenade from an anti-tank weapon into a crowd of people in Rejeh Square in Damascus, Syria, on 23 March 2014. The people were civilians from the Al Yarmouk neighborhood who were waiting for food parcels to be distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. At least seven people were killed in the attack. At least three other people, including a six-year- old child, were injured.

At the time of the crime, Mouafak Al D. allegedly was a member of the Free Palestine Movement. Previously, he had belonged to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. After the beginning of the unrest in Syria, which turned into a civil war, these armed militias exercised control over Al Yarmouk on behalf of the Syrian regime.

 

Procedure

On 4 August 2021, officers of the Berlin Criminal Police arrested Mouafak Al D. in Berlin upon the request of the German Federal Public Prosecutor. In addition, the defendant’s apartment in Berlin was searched.

That same day, an investigative judge of the Federal Court of Justice upheld the arrest warrant and Mouafak Al D. was remanded in custody. He is charged with war crimes in conjunction with seven counts of murder and three counts of dangerous bodily harm.

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