Syrian soldier executed after graveside 'trial'

August 1, 2012 15:02

AZAZ/ALEPPO, Syria - Rebel fighter Ahmed chuckles as he tells the story of the Syrian army sniper who was captured and executed by rebels, shot dead after a "trial" conducted at his own graveside.

He says Rami the sniper, firing from a high minaret at the local mosque, killed many rebels and civilians before he was seized by fighters from Ahmed's Amr bin al-Aas brigade which operates around the northern Syrian town of Azaz.

"We took him right to his grave and, after hearing the witnesses' statements, we shot him dead," said Ahmed, who has a rich, black beard and a broad, easy smile.

The rebels are waging a 17-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad, during which government forces have frequently been accused of carrying out summary executions and other violations against fighters and civilians.

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