Case filed in Sweden against Syrian officials

BEIRUT (AP) — A European human rights group says nine Syrians have filed a criminal complaint in Sweden against senior officials in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, which works to assist survivors of torture in Syria, says the aim was to have Sweden investigate 25 named intelligence officials “as well as those not yet known by name” and issue international arrest warrants.

The Berlin-based non-governmental organization said Wednesday the complaint in Sweden follows similar moves already taken in several European countries.

The arrests earlier this month of three suspects in Germany and France marked a breakthrough for international investigators hoping to hold individuals accountable for atrocities committed on behalf of the Syrian government during the country’s eight-year civil war.