Article brought to you by: Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS - SYRIAN PHOTOS: Show 'starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, torture and killing'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 21st, 2014
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

WARNING: THE IMAGES THAT FOLLOW ARE GRAPHIC, DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

A Syrian defector, codenamed "Caesar" has fled his homeland with photo after photo of evidence of the worst human torture imaginable. These photos bear mute witness to "crimes against humanity" by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As Syrian peace talks begin in Montreux this week, this recent disclosure will already add to the complexity that the United Nations in their international effort to end the three-year conflict in that country.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Over 55,000 digital images have formed the basis of a report by a three-member team of eminent international lawyers. The photos depict roughly 11,000 Syrian detainees, each one photographed three or four times in a military hospital after their execution from the period of March 2011 to August 2013.

[media id="830"]
The photos depict bodies showing "signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing," according to the report. The team includes leading international lawyers and forensic experts with vast experience in the prosecution of war crimes.

Light a candle for the victims of this brutal regime.

[media id="826"]
The digital photos were reportedly taken by a member of the Syrian military police tasked with photographing the bodies. The man known only as "Caesar" smuggled the images he took during the course of his work out of Syria on memory sticks. Caesar later defected with his family fearing repercussions once the pictures were made public.

[media id="831"]
The inquiry team was chaired by Sir Desmond de Silva QC, a former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Silva was personally appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations.

[media id="827"]
"Caesar," was described as a "truthful and credible witness," according to the team's report. The team interrogated him on January 12, 13 and 18.

Caesar was requested to take photographs of people tortured and killed in detention, for two compelling reasons.

[media id="828"]
The photos gave families a death certificate without the need for family members to examine the bodies. Secondly, the photos were used to confirm that orders to execute the individuals had been carried out.

Caesar was not a witness to the torture and execution. He had to photograph up to 50 bodies a day, which suggests systematic killings, the report concludes.

[media id="829"]
The team said that there was evidence of "physical injury of the sort that would result from beating, binding, restraint or other physical assault but excluding injuries that could reasonably have occurred as the result of legal combat engagement."

In conclusion the report said that the evidence would support findings of "crimes against humanity" against the current Syrian regime. It would also support findings of war crimes against the regime.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

Article brought to you by: Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)