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Alleged torture of prisoners by Assad regime

Updated 4:03 PM ET, Tue January 21, 2014
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A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found "direct evidence" of "systematic torture and killing" by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the lawyers say.

CNN was given these photos by the lawyers involved with the investigation, who received them from a defected Syrian military police photographer.
In an image from a report by three renowned war crimes prosecutors, the emaciated remains of a man allegedly killed in Syrian custody are shown. CNN received the photos partially obscured to protect the identity of the source. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
More emaciated bodies, allegedly of men killed in Syrian custody. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
The report alleges that this image shows marks left behind from strangulation. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
More patterned marks allegedly left behind by strangulation. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
A belt allegedly used for strangulation is left behind on a corpse. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
An emaciated man with marks allegedly left behind from beatings. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
Injuries on corpses allegedly produced by blows with "rod-like objects." Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
More corpses with alleged beating wounds. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
Wounds line the chest and abdomen of a man allegedly killed in Syrian government custody. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck
A man allegedly killed in Syrian government custody shows open wounds on his shins and ankles. Syrian National Movement/Carter-Ruck