Syrian “refugee” sentenced by German court for kidnapping of UN observer

A court in the southern German city of Stuttgart sentenced a Syrian asylum-seeker to three and a half years in prison for his participation in the 2013 kidnapping of a UN observer in Syria.

The court found the defendant, identified as Suliman Al-S., supported the kidnapping and offered to serve as a guard.

The judges did not agree with public prosecutors, however, that the 26-year-old belonged to the terrorist group, Al-Nusra Front, al Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, or that the Nusra Front was responsible for the kidnapping.