France: Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Bashar Al-Assad for “War Crimes”

First they arm terrorists to overthrow you.

Then you fight back.

Then they charge you with war crimes for fighting back against their terrorists.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the trouble in Palestine?

It’s interesting timing, no?

The Guardian:

A French court has issued an international arrest warrant for the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for complicity in war crimes against humanity linked to chemical weapon attacks on civilians.

Three others – including Assad’s brother Maher, head of an elite army unit – are also subject to warrants over the use of banned sarin gas in two attacks in August 2013 that killed more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of children.

Hey, I remember this (video from 10 years ago)

Campaigners seeking justice for the killings hailed as “a historic moment” what is believed to be the first time a sitting head of state has been the subject of an arrest warrant in another country for crimes against humanity.

“The French judiciary’s issuance of arrest warrants against the head of state, Bashar al-Assad, and his associates constitutes a historic judicial precedent. It is a new victory for the victims, their families and the survivors, and a step on the path to justice and sustainable peace in Syria,” said the lawyer Mazen Darwish, founder and director general of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), a civil party to the case.

Investigating judges from the crimes against humanity division of the Paris judicial court have been investigating the chemical attacks in Syria since April 2021. The investigation was sparked after a civil party complaint from three organisations: the SCM, the Open Society Justice Initiative, and Syrian Archive, a Syrian-led project documenting human rights violations and other crimes committed in Syria.

Similar civil cases against the Damascus regime have been lodged with courts in Sweden and Germany.

As well as Bashar al-Assad and Maher al-Assad, the much feared de facto leader of the regime’s 4th Armoured division, the French court on Wednesday issued warrants for the arrest of Gen Ghassan Abbas, director of Branch 450 of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), and Gen Bassam al-Hassan, presidential adviser for strategic affairs and liaison officer between the presidential palace and the SSRC.

The arrest warrants make the legal charge of complicity in crimes against humanity and war crimes against all four.

Steve Kostas, senior managing lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, said: “This is the first time a sitting head of state has been the subject of an arrest warrant in another country for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“This is a historic moment – with this case, France has an opportunity to establish the principle that there is no immunity for the most serious international crimes, even at the highest level.”

The thing they’re saying happened did not, in fact, actually happen.

It’s been proved.

Plus, I mean… just think about it for 2 seconds: Assad is under an invasion by a foreign power, so we’re claiming that while in the midst of rallying his people to fight back, he inexplicably and for no reason (these people do not even offer a reason) decided to start gassing his own people?

It’s not reasonable to expect rational people to believe that a rational man would do that. It does not make any sense.

Nobody other than these NGOs seems to care