Austria charges Muslim “refugee” with 20 murders in Syria

Austrian prosecutors have charged a member of a Syrian rebel group with 20 counts of murder for allegedly executing wounded government soldiers in his home country.

The 27-year-old man was arrested in a refugee shelter in western Austria in June after being denounced by a fellow Syrian.

At first he admitted to the 2013-2014 killings in Homs and the surrounding region but later retracted his confession, a spokesman for public prosecutors in the Austrian city of Innsbruck told AFP.

The suspect, a member of a unit of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), faces life in prison if convicted. He will go on trial early next year.

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