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The first trial in France of officers from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad opened on Tuesday, with three high safety officers to be tried in absentia for complicity in crimes in opposition to humanity.

On trial are Ali Mamlouk, former head of the National Security Bureau, Jamil Hassan, former director of the Air Force intelligence service, and Abdel Salam Mahmoud, former head of investigations for the service in Damascus.

The case considerations their position within the the deaths of two French Syrian males, Mazzen Dabbagh and his son Patrick, who had been arrested in Damascus in 2013.

The accused are the very best stage Syrian officers but to be placed on trial in absentia and they’re topic to worldwide arrest warrants.