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Despite the report's conclusions, in perhaps an indication that planning for criminal prosecutions in Syria is currently wanting, one of its authors told The Daily Star that the legal experts would not be taking the case further.While discussing criminal prosecutions in a peacetime Syria may seem perverse as the country's three-year civil war wages on, experts warn that the future functioning of any Syrian state may be dependent on successful reconciliation.Since Syria has not signed up to the remit of the international court, a trial requires a referral from the U.N. Security Council.In light of such hurdles, some experts are concerned that Syria may follow the path set by Lebanon, which largely avoided criminal prosecutions for political and military leaders following its 15-year civil war.A report commissioned by SJAC and published last week shows that Syrians across the political and sectarian spectrum do not support amnesties. Instead, they broadly want to see justice through legal channels. A sustained peace may instead require sacrificing elements of justice in exchange for a robust transition that incorporates Syrians of all political backgrounds and does not fall prey to accusations of victor's justice.For Heba, however, justice for the death of her husband can only come through a criminal case.
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