After, it looked as although an try, at least, would be created to bring to justice a single of Syria’s most critical commanders, a man suspected of committing tens of thousands of murders against his personal persons. In June 2018, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice issued an arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence.

The word “intelligence” is maybe misleading when it comes to what Hassan’s agency basically does. In its prisons, agents torture, rape, starve and murder prisoners. In November, France also issued an arrest warrant against Hassan.

The international warrants had been initially small much more than a political statement. No one seriously believed that hauling Hassan into court was a actual possibility. At least not as extended as Bashar Assad remained the dictator of Syria.

Now, although, it has come to light that the intelligence boss has traveled abroad on at least two occasions given that 2018. In other words, there had been possibilities to detain him. But many governments, a single following the other, have just stopped attempting to do so.

Important Common Jamil Hassan, who regularly urged that much more demonstrators be “eliminated” in closed-door meetings, who publicly stated that all opponents of the dictatorial regime must have been massacred from the starting just as he did when crushing a 1982 revolt in Hama — that exact same important common has a weak heart.

Temper Difficulties

In current years, the 66-year-old has suffered 3 heart attacks, a extended-time acquaintance of his told DER SPIEGEL. The worst of the 3 came right away following the Syrian military shot down a Russian warplane final September, according to the acquaintance, who added that the incident had sent Hassan, extensively identified for his temper troubles, into a rage.

For a time, the acquaintance continued, it wasn’t clear no matter whether he would recover at all. But then, according to the supply, he acted as a mediator early this year — at least on the phone — when two Syrian militias, a single below Iranian command and the other led by Russians, started shooting at every other on the outskirts of the northern Syrian province of Idlib.

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But he suffered however a further heart attack in June. Late that month, according to the supply, Hassan was unofficially brought below an assumed name to Beirut, exactly where he was admitted to the American University Hospital (AUH), which is regarded to be the finest in the area.

A medical professional at the hospital confirmed to DER SPIEGEL that a higher-ranking Syrian was hospitalized at that time. The medical professional says he was brought in by way of a side entrance that is not monitored by a surveillance camera and was then taken to the cardiology division on the fifth floor, exactly where he was heavily guarded. His situation, the medical professional says, is poor.

In early July, when attempting to spend the common a stop by on the fifth floor, all of the visitors’ benches there had been empty aside from many muscular males in tight-fitting suits who promptly created it clear that no unknown guests had been welcome.

Major members of the Assad regime are continuously condemning the United States, the AUH medical professional says. “But when they endure severe wellness troubles, they all come right here.” It is been that way for years, the medical professional says. Former Syrian Vice President Faruk al-Sharaa was treated at AUH, the medical professional says, as had been the leader of Assad’s Baath Celebration and the heads of the country’s safety solutions.

No Hurry

As such, it is hardly uncommon that Hassan was brought to Beirut. And it wasn’t his initially stop by, either. In February, German officials received info that Hassan obtained therapy in AUH’s cardiology division.

Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor Peter Frank submitted an extradition request to the Lebanese government at the time, but Beirut seemed to be in no hurry to respond. In March, the government created an inquiry with the Common Directorate of State Safety, which responded curtly that no one by the name of Jamil Hassan had entered Lebanon given that early 2018. The answer was transferred by the Lebanese Justice Ministry to the Foreign Ministry, which lastly passed it along to the Germans in April.

On Hassan’s newest stop by, the Germans and the French — and probably the Americans — had been informed about the clandestine patient from Syria. But this time, absolutely nothing occurred at all. Sources in Germany stated that there just is not anyone in Lebanon who would threat taking on the duty of arresting Jamil Hassan. None of the energy blocks in the Lebanese cabinet desires to stir up the ire of the Assad regime.

No one at the Lebanese Interior Ministry desires to say something at all about the case. It is an “really delicate challenge,” we had been told. The only official comment came days following the initial inquiry from a spokesman who did not want to be quoted by name: “No comment!”

On or about July 21, says the AUH medical professional, the heavily guarded Syrian was removed from the hospital, although it remains unclear exactly where he was taken or what his situation was. Hassan’s position as head of Air Force Intelligence had currently been handed to his deputy in early July as component of a far-reaching shakeup of military and safety leadership.

Jamil Hassan, in other words, has managed to escape. Once again.