Syrian Regime: Torture Photographs ‘Fake’
The Syrian Justice Ministry has denied accusations that President Assad’s regime has conducted systematic torture and killing of opposition figures.
A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts issued a report based on photographic evidence of dead bodies, allegedly tortured detainees. The CNN and The Guardian were exclusively given the report earlier this week.
The photographs were also shown at the opening of the Geneva-2 peace conference on Wednesday by the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba.
The Justice Ministry called the photographs “fake” and the report “politicized and lacking in objectivity and professionalism”, in a statement for the SANA new agency.
The experts' report was partly sponsored by the government of Qatar, the CNN reveals. Qatar and Saudi Arabia provide most of the outside support for Syria's rebel forces.
“The report aims to undermine the efforts to bring peace in Syria and put an end to the international sponsored terrorism in the country”, the Ministry’s statement concludes.
The Geneva-2 peace conference will continue on Friday, when representatives of the Assad regime and the opposition are set to meet in private, in the presence of UN negotiators.