Syrian on trial in Austria for suspected killing of Assad troops

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February 22, 2017 14:52
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VIENNA - A Syrian asylum seeker went on trial in Austria on Wednesday accused of killing 20 government soldiers fighting for President Bashar Assad near the city of Homs, a court spokesman said.

Austria has jailed several people for "belonging to a terrorist organization," a charge usually leveled against foreign or local fighters fighting in Syria alongside Islamic State militants.

But the 27-year-old suspect in the Innsbruck case is not accused of being a member of any outlawed militant group, the court spokesman said. It is the first case in Austria to involve the suspected killing of troops loyal to Assad.

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