The Syrian regime’s apparent efforts to conceal evidence of its crimes suggests it could be more worried about international justice than it cares to admit
The Assad regime in Syria is not only responsible for the worst state-orchestrated mass killings so far this century, it now appears to be trying to cover up at least some of its tracks in the belief that this will one day help it evade accountability when the war is over. It is a cynical ploy which must not be allowed to succeed.
A place where this new sinister development can be most clearly seen is a military prison on the outskirts of Damascus: the infamous Saydnaya detention centre, where thousands of opponents of Bashar al-Assad have died of torture, starvation, hangings and summary executions. A former inmate, quoted in an Amnesty report earlier this year, described it as “the worse place on earth”.