A Syrian doctor has been charged in in Karlsruhe, Germany, with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them, German federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Alla Mousa came to Germany in 2015 and practiced medicine before he was arrested last year. He is accused of 18 counts of torturing people in military hospitals in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus, including making the people infertile. Murder, severe bodily harm, attempted bodily harm and dangerous bodily harm were also enumered. After the beginning of the opposition uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, protesters were frequently arrested and tortured. Between others, prosecutors accuse the Syrian doctor of having poured alcohol over the genitals of a teenage boy and another man and setting fire to them with a cigarette lighter at military hospital No. 608 in Homs.
He is also accused of torturing nine more people in the same hospital in 2011 by kicking and beating them. The indictment lists other cases of alleged torture at the military hospital in Homs, including hanging people from the ceiling and beating them with a plastic baton, and pouring flammable liquids over the hand of one of them and burning it. The doctor is also accused of hanging people from the ceiling by their hands and beating them with a plastic stick. The dates of the incidents outlined by prosecutors run from the summer of 2011 through August 2012. The head of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights praised the charges being brought against Mousa.