A former London postman who joined Isis has been charged with involvement in a mass execution in Syria.Harry Sarfo, who is already serving three years in a German prison for terror offences, was not accused of murder until footage of the massacre emerged last year.
The federal public prosecutor’s office said he was charged with six counts of murder and violating human rights law at a specialist state security court in Hamburg.
“In mid-June 2015 the so-called Islamic State had six prisoners executed on Palmyra’s market square,” a spokesperson said.
“Sarfo belonged to the six-member squad that carried out the execution and he was armed with a pistol.
“Together with other members of his group, he guarded the prisoners and prevented them from escaping.”
Prosecutors said Sarfo led one of the captives to the middle of the street, where they were then shot, adding: “During the shooting, he stopped at the side of the road so as not to be hit by a bullet himself.
“From there, he took aim and fired at the bodies lying on the ground.”
In an interview with The Independent in January 2016, the 28-year-old said he never fought for the terror group during his three months in the “caliphate”.
While failing to mention his own involvement in the atrocity, Sarfo named his worst memory of Syria as the “execution of six men shot in the head by Kalashnikovs”, identifying it as one of the events that drove him to flee the terrorist group’s “barbarity”…