A 28-year-old Syrian man living in Sweden has been sentenced to five years in jail for violence in Syria in 2012. The former Free Syrian Army fighter is one of just three people convicted in the Nordic nation over the past decade for crimes carried out abroad.
The man was taken to court after a video of him brutally assaulting a representative of President Assad’s Syrian regime was posted on Facebook.
The court heard that the assault had taken place in the summer of 2012, when the man kept his victim prisoner, tied him up and beat him.
The attacker had been fighting alongside opposition rebels as part of the Free Syrian Army during the Syrian conflict at the time.