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Branch 251 takes you to the heart of the world’s first criminal trial dealing with atrocity crimes committed by Syrian officials. Now also in Arabic! 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 biweekly 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? Or are there too many obstacles looming on the horizon? Follow us on Twitter @Branch_251. Logo design by laurenshebly.nl -- Photo by James Lawler Duggan/AFP/Getty Images.