Franco-Syrian arrested in France for parts of chemical weapons in Syria

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A Franco-Syrian has been arrested by French police on suspicion of supplying components for the manufacture of chemical weapons in Syria through his shipping company, sources informed of the case told AFP on Sunday.

The man, born in 1962 and living abroad, was arrested on Saturday in the south of France according to one of the sources.

“He returned to France with his family for the holidays,” a source familiar with the matter told AFP.

He is imprisoned for “conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity, complicity in crimes against humanity and complicity in war crimes,” a judicial source told AFP.

The alleged crimes date back to March 2011, the start of the civil war in Syria, and continued at least until January 2018, possibly later, the source said.

“This man is accused of having, through a company based in different places, in France and in the United Arab Emirates, participated in the supply of means to various state structures of the Syrian regime in charge of the production of unconventional weapons. ”

According to a judicial source, this is the first time that a person has been indicted in France for suspicion of supporting the Syrian army.

The war in Syria has killed nearly half a million people and caused the largest conflict-induced displacement since World War II.

Syria denies the use of chemical weapons. He insists he handed over his stockpiles as part of a 2013 deal with the United States and Russia, sparked by an alleged sarin gas attack that left 1,400 people dead in the suburbs. from Damascus to Ghouta.

But Syria was stripped of its right to vote for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in April after an investigation blamed it for further poison gas attacks.

It will remain suspended until it has fully declared its chemical weapons and weapons manufacturing facilities.

(AFP)

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