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بودكاست الفرع 251 : جرائم سورية قيد المحاكمة

يأخذكم الفرع 251 إلى قلب أول محاكمة جنائية في العالم تتعامل مع الجرائم الفظيعة التي ارتكبها المسؤولون السوريون

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العربية
May 6, 2022
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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May 6, 2022
4
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We’re back for a short but important update: The German Federal Court rejected Eyad A.’s appeal arguments following his conviction in February 2021.

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January 21, 2022
47
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In today’s final episode of this podcast we take you along on our last trip to Koblenz, to the courtroom, to the judgment.

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العربية
January 14, 2022
7
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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December 17, 2021
13
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In this episode, Hannah gives us a report from Koblenz, detailing the session that was dedicated to the closing defense arguments.

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December 17, 2021
22
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As the verdict in the groundbreaking case against Anwar R. draws near, it's time for final says. In this episode, Hannah walks us through the final pleas of the prosecution and the joint plaintiffs.

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العربية
December 24, 2021
15
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 24, 2021
29
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 17, 2021
7
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 10, 2021
21
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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December 3, 2021
16
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Join us on a special two-part journey into Anwar R.'s road to Koblenz, as well as all the possible roads that might lay ahead.

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December 3, 2021
29
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Join us on a special two-part journey into Anwar R.'s road to Koblenz, as well as all the possible roads that might lay ahead.

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العربية
December 3, 2021
8
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
November 26, 2021
25
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
November 19, 2021
29
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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October 22, 2021
27
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War is expensive. On paper, the Assad regime should be broke. And yet, its pockets seem deep enough to carry on waging a bloody war on the Syrian people. In this episode, Noor and Fritz attempt to answer the question that's probably on your mind right now: how do they do it?

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November 5, 2021
27
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In this episode, Fritz and Naya explore how free ex-convicts without a passport really are.

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العربية
November 5, 2021
6
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
October 29, 2021
16
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
October 22, 2021
6
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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October 22, 2021
27
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In this episode, Naya and Noor explore how, even abroad, the Assad regime is never too far away.

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العربية
October 8, 2021
7
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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October 8, 2021
29
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In this episode, we're taking a first look at the darker side of medicine within the context of war-torn Syria.

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September 24, 2021
14
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In this court update, Hannah and Fritz discuss the most recent testimonies, the court's puzzling decision to block the recording of the final pleas as well as a motion to label the charge of enforced disappearance as a crime against humanity.

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العربية
October 1, 2021
17
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
September 24, 2021
9
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
September 17, 2021
19
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
September 3, 2021
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
August 27, 2021
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
April 23, 2021
7
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
April 16, 2021
23
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العربية
April 2, 2021
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العربية
March 26, 2021
33
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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March 19, 2021
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
March 12, 2021
22
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
March 5, 2021
16
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
February 26, 2021
31
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
February 19, 2021
10
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
February 12, 2021
27
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
February 5, 2021
9
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
January 29, 2021
29
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
January 22, 2021
6
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
January 15, 2021
22
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
January 8, 2021
7
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 31, 2020
17
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 25, 2020
8
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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العربية
December 18, 2020
23
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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September 17, 2021
23
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In this episode, we’ll be talking about how power, security and fear interrelate and co-produce militarized cityscapes, or security cities.

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August 27, 2021
16
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In this first episode of the third season, we bring you up to speed on what has happened in court since May. As the end of the trial is nearing, the proceedings zero in on Anwar R.'s role in Assad's bloody regime.

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May 14, 2021
48
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In a Branch 251 first, the whole team discusses where we stand, one year after the start of the Al-Khatib-, or Koblenz trial. How have expectations lived up to reality? But also, what is everyone's favorite episode? This is the final episode of season 2. We'll be back before you know it with season 3.

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April 30, 2021
19
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As the trial against Anwar R. continues, the proceedings have focussed on his alleged contributions to the systematic violence in Syria. What was his role within the mukhabarat exactly? In this last court update of the season, Hannah tells us about two ex-detainees who detailed their personal experience with Anwar R. during their time in the notorious branch 251.

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April 16, 2021
23
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In this episode, Fritz and Asser explore the historical ties between Germany's intelligence services and Syria's Mukhabarat. How did they come about and what did Syria learn from Germany? And how does Koblenz fit into this?

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April 2, 2021
21
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A popular Syrian actress is invited for a "cup of coffee" in Branch 251. Years later, she's too afraid to testify in court about her strange encounter with Anwar R. Plus, the motion to add sexual violence as a crime against humanity to the charges against Anwar R. is accepted.

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March 19, 2021
23
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This episode is not one we expected to make, but as we were pitching and developing, it became clear that we couldn't have made anything else.

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March 5, 2021
25
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We take a closer look at the verdict against Eyad A. Who is celebrating? Who is disappointed? And what does this mean for the case against Anwar R? Listen to reactions and opinions from outside the courtroom in Koblenz, a court report from Hannah, as well as analysis from Asser and Fritz about the impact of this verdict.

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February 26, 2021
8
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Eyad A. is now officially the first person to be held accountable in court for complicity in crimes against humanity committed during the Syrian conflict. Fritz, Hannah and Saleem went to Koblenz to witness this historic decision. Learn more next week, when we take a deep dive into Eyad A.'s conviction.

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February 19, 2021
33
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It's the most effective weapon and yet, it's free: sexual and gender-based violence. By exploiting deeply-rooted gender norms, the Syrian regime attempts to break an entire society, one family at a time. In Koblenz, the judges have been asked to consider these types of crimes as crimes against humanity. This episode we'll explore why they deserve that label, and why they weren't considered crimes against humanity already.

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February 5, 2021
37
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On the 24th of February, the judges are scheduled to pass a verdict in the case of Eyad A. He could face a prison sentence if convicted, but the question is: should he be convicted at all? Because, what choice did he really have?

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January 22, 2021
31
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You’re used to hearing from legal experts, journalists, human rights activists. For this episode, we’re passing the mic to Syrians of different backgrounds, inside and outside of Syria, to hear what they think of Koblenz. People who’ve heard of the trial, people who haven’t, people who are wildly enthusiastic about Koblenz, and some who are a little bit more sceptical.

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January 15, 2021
36
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A German federal police officer explained to the judges in Koblenz what he learned after collecting and analyzing satellite imagery from a stretch of land northeast of Damascus.

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December 18, 2020
36
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The podcast about the worldwide first criminal trial against Syrian regime officials is back! Just before the end of the year, the new team brings you this episode with an update on the most important developments of the trial in Koblenz from the past couple of months.

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September 18, 2020
17
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"There's a reason it's called crimes against humanity": In this season finale, we discuss a testimony that stands out: witness Z 30/07/19, a grave digger for the Assad regime with a first-hand account of the massive scale of the crimes against humanity that the regime is accused of. Special testimonies like these make you suddenly realize what this whole trial is all about.

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September 4, 2020
21
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Fritz and court reporter Hannah dissect the special testimony of leading Syrian opposition figure Riad Seif, the man who vouched for Anwar R. to get asylum in Germany. The country that is now prosecuting him for crimes against humanity.

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August 21, 2020
31
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Koblenz is a small step on the long road to what, exactly? In this episode, Fritz talks to Syrian lawyer and human rights defender Mazen Darwish about justice for Syria and Syrians, its forms and challenges, and what the trial in Koblenz means to him.

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August 7, 2020
23
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The Koblenz court recently rejected two motions regarding translation and audio recording of the trial. While the court argues these decisions protect witness testimonies and the road to justice, NGOs and legal scholars worry that denying translation and recording could diminish the impact of the trial.

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July 31, 2020
31
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‘Caesar’ is the code name of a Syrian military photographer turned defector. He was tasked with taking photos of dead detainees. Tens of thousands of them. He later turned on his bosses and smuggled the photographs out of Syria. Together with journalist Garance Le Caisne and victims lawyer Patrick Kroker, we tell you the story behind the Caesar Photos and their relevance as evidence in the Koblenz trial.

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July 24, 2020
28
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In this episode, Fritz takes a look back at the first-ever universal jurisdiction trial based on Germany’s Code of Crimes Against International Law, a trial against two Rwandan militia leaders for crimes committed in Congo.

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العربية
July 17, 2020
40
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مسؤولون سوريّون متّهمون بالتعذيب وبجرائم حرب قيد المحاكمة في مدينة كوبلينز بألمانيا

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July 10, 2020
17
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This week's episode is a deep dive into the recent testimonies of key witnesses whose statements might incriminate both defendants. However, the lines between truth and exaggeration, threats and self-preservation were blurred as three men spoke and the court listened.

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July 3, 2020
32
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After almost 10 (!) years of war, devastation, crimes and gruesome images from Syria, are we still reading? Watching? Listening? Really? We tried to find answers to this complex question. And bring you a court report straight from Koblenz.

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June 26, 2020
29
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In this episode, Fritz and Karam speak to two international mental health experts, Dr. Vedrana Mladina and Diana Rayes. They comment on the accounts of survivors we interviewed in the previous episode. And we ask them how exposure to war and torture affects survivors' lives, and what their needs are after torture to lead a healthy life.

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June 19, 2020
33
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In this episode, Fritz and Karam speak to two survivors of Branch 251. They share with us the painful details of their detention, memories and how this impacts their lives now. And what they would ask the accused if they got the chance.

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June 12, 2020
29
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Last week in court was special: Syrian survivors spoke as witnesses for the first time. One of them, Feras Fayyad tells us about his experience testifying in court and opening up about being sexually violated at Branch 251. We talk to two experts who tell us more about sexual violence in international cases and how the Syrian regime has used it as a weapon of war against its own people.

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June 5, 2020
30
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Eyad A. is the second defendant in the trial. The smaller fish. The less interesting accused. Or is he? Karam and Fritz go on a journey to find answers to this question. We talked to friends, family, a colleague of his from Branch 251, and a court reporter to find out more.

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May 29, 2020
27
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In this week’s episode, Fritz and Karam speak to Der Spiegel’s Christoph Reuter about Anwar R. Christoph Reuter interviewed him in 2013 over two days and tells us "how he ticks".

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May 22, 2020
18
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This week in court, the main accused Anwar R. reacted to the accusations against him with a statement that his lawyers read to the court. His defense in short: there was no torture when I was in charge, later others did it, I tried to help but couldn't do more, and then I fled the country. How did this go down in court and how did the public gallery react to his statement?

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May 15, 2020
18
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How did the Branch 251 trial actually come about? Your hosts Karam and Fritz talked to someone who played an important role in transforming the terrible stories of these crimes into legal cases: Anwar Al Bunni. He has been instrumental in building the case and kick-starting this first criminal trial against Syrian officials.

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May 7, 2020
27
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This episode takes you into Branch 251. Or Al Khatib Branch, as it is known among survivors. Your hosts Karam and Fritz talked to them. Based on their accounts, this is how a detainee's journey looks like from arrest and arrival at the Branch, to the cells and interrogation rooms -- or better: torture chambers.

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May 1, 2020
16
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On this first episode of Branch 251, your hosts Fritz and Karam introduce the listeners to the trial that started in Koblenz, Germany, on 23 April 2020.

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April 4, 2020
36
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This is an introduction to Branch 251, a podcast about the world’s first criminal trial dealing with accusations of crimes against humanity against members of Bashar al Assad’s Syrian military.

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About Branch 251 —

Prosecutors in the German city of Koblenz accuse two alleged henchmen of the Syrian government of crimes against humanity committed at ‘Branch 251’, a notorious detention center near Damascus.

Branch 251 gives you a biweekly update on the trial in English and in Arabic. With strong dedication to amplifying the voices of Syrians, Branch 251 offers essential context to one of the most important trials of our time by providing our listeners with commentary, analysis, and reports from the courtroom.

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يأخذكم الفرع 251 إلى قلب أول محاكمة جنائية في العالم تتعامل مع الجرائم الفظيعة التي ارتكبها المسؤولون السوريون.