Syrian war criminals to face trial in Germany include ‘home grown terrorist who posed with decapitated heads and leader of a notorious Islamist group’

Germany is due to begin its first ever trials over atrocities committed in Syria, further raising fears that terrorists are sneaking into the country among refugees.

The suspects to appear in court this week include a man who was pictured posing with severed heads, the leader of a notorious Islamist group and a Syrian who is accused of kidnapping a UN soldier.

Authorities have been dealing with 25 to 30 tip-offs every day from asylum seekers reporting possible jihadis who could be looking to carry out lone wolf attacks on German soil.

Prosecutors have so far examined 127 cases and heard 4,500 witnesses but this effort led to only four trials, including a conviction for genocide.