France: Senior Syrian Muslim terrorist on a student visa arrested for war crimes and torture
A senior Muslim terrorist member of the Syrian Islamist terror group Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) has been arrested in France and charged on Friday with war crimes and torture.
The Syrian terrorist was identified as 31-year-old Islam Alloush, also known as Majdi Mustafa Nameh, a former spokesman of the terror group who was in France on an Erasmus student visa.
He was arrested in the southern city of Marseille.
He appeared before an investigating magistrate in Paris who charged him with torture, war crimes and complicity in forced disappearances.
Jaysh al-Islam is one of several terror groups that have emerged during the Syrian civil war.
It has fought against ISIS terrorists but also murdered and tortured Syrians and Kurds.
Islam Alloush was involved in the December 2013 kidnapping of the Syrian activist Razan Zaitouneh, her husband Wael Hamada and two colleagues, Samira Khalil and Nazem Hammadi. They have never been found.
Zaitouneh was one of the most prominent civil society figures in the uprising against Assad that erupted in March 2011 as part of the Arab spring. That year, she was awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize for human rights along with other activists. She was a vociferous critic of abuses by all parties in the conflict including the regime and groups like Jaysh al-Islam.