The 25 year-old defendant known as Nils D. has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. He denies participating in torture and executions, and has been cooperative throughout the investigation, but has he really distanced himself from IS?
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has launched an international alliance calling for a ban on torture products. In an interview with DW, she said she wants to send a signal against torture and capital punishment.
The recapture of Mosul has brought with it the torture and mass execution of "Islamic State" fighters and their families. The government is looking the other way, and it seems the US-led anti-IS coalition is too.
Court cases against 'IS' returnees are now common. Yet the case against Nils D. is different: A member of the notorious 'Lohberg Brigade,' D. is talking, giving authorities a glimpse of the world of German jihadists.
Düsseldorf's regional court has begun hearing the case of Nils D., a German Islamist who has confessed to being a member of the "Islamic State." The 25-year-old is accused of joining an 'IS' special terror cell in Syria.
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