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Hassan Mahmoud, 53, is one of the Syrians who testified in a landmark trial in Germany in which a former Syrian security official is charged with crimes against humanity and other crimes for overseeing torture at a prison. Eman Helal for NPR hide caption

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Syrians Have Stared Down Threats To Testify Against Assad's Regime In A Landmark Trial

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Klaus O, whose last name cannot be revealed due to privacy laws, worked for nearly four decades at a metal fitting company in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany. He was caught on camera sprinkling poisonous heavy metals on his co-workers' food and drinks. W. Meier/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian lawyer Anwar al-Bunni, who survived torture in Syrian regime jail cells, is pictured in Berlin on March 1, 2017. He is among other Syrian torture survivors, lawyers and human rights groups who have filed criminal complaints in Germany alleging crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by top officials in President Bashar Assad's regime. Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Syria's War Nearly Over, Victims Take The Battle To European Courts

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