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Lawyers see war crimes charges for Syrian officials: Report

Published on Jan 21, 2014 7:42 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Syrian officials could face war crimes charges after a military police photographer defected and provided evidence showing the systematic killing of 11,000 detainees, the Guardian newspaper reported, citing three lawyers who had examined the files.

The photographs will ratchet up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, who the United States (US) and its Western allies say has committed war crimes against his own people. Mr Assad denies war crimes and says he is fighting 'terrorists'.

But the defector's evidence, which records deaths of those in custody from March 2011 until August 2013, shows emaciated, bloodstained corpses that bore signs of torture.

Some had no eyes. Others showed signs of strangulation or electrocution.

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