Episode 14

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31st Jul 2020

The Photo Album of the Syrian People

‘Caesar’ is the code name of a Syrian military photographer turned defector. He was tasked with taking photos of dead detainees. Tens of thousands of them. He later turned on his bosses and smuggled the photographs out of Syria. Together with journalist Garance Le Caisne and victims lawyer Patrick Kroker, we tell you the story behind the Caesar Photos and their relevance as evidence in the Koblenz trial. And what they mean to so many Syrians personally, including co-host Karam.

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Branch 251
Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

Branch 251 takes you to the heart of the world’s first criminal trial dealing with atrocity crimes committed by Syrian officials.

Prosecutors in the German city of Koblenz accuse two alleged henchmen of the Syrian government of crimes against humanity committed at ‘Branch 251’ detention center near Damascus.

Branch 251 gives you a weekly update on the trial. With portraits of the main protagonists. Commentary, analysis, and testimony from the courtroom. Especially from victims and their families looking for justice. But will a German court in a city few people have heard of be able to deliver due process? Or are there too many obstacles looming on the horizon?



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About your hosts

Pauline Peek

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Pauline Peek is a research assistant, production assistant and history student who also happens to possess a bachelor’s degree in singing. Originally from the Netherlands, she is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Fritz Streiff

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Fritz is an atrocity crimes and human rights lawyer who has a big problem with global injustice. He is currently based in Paris, France.

International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely.

Karam Shoumali

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Karam Shoumali is a multi-lingual Syrian researcher, journalist, and expert on Syrian and Kurdish politics and the Syrian diaspora. Born and raised in Syria, He has played a major role in The New York Times’ coverage of the Syrian war and the resulting refugee crisis in Europe and Germany.