A Syrian man accused of conducting beheadings and a series of executions for the terrorist group ISIS was found to be living in Malta with a false identity last year.
Hassan Farhoud, who is believed to have led an armed group of ISIS, was arrested in Hungary last March and is now facing life-imprisonment on several terrorism charges.
He is believed to have ordered multiple executions and beheadings in 2015 and 2016. These include the beheading of an imam and 25 people including women and children.
Farhoud is alleged to have led the occupation in a part of the Syrian city, Homs, and drew up a death list for whoever disobeyed their laws and goals.
Farhoud has denied all the charges. The investigation itself saw the interrogation of 10 persons, some of whom were interrogated in Malta.
Media reports quoting court documents said that Farhoud was living in Greece in February 2016 and was granted asylum in the country in October 2017.
In August 2018, a Maltese court handed Farhoud a six-month prison sentence that was suspended by two years after he was discovered living in Malta with a fake Italian ID card.
There was no indication that Farhoud formed part of ISIS during the sitting.
After his arrest, he was deported from Malta and left for Greece, where he again faced charges of human trafficking.