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Syrian 'torture' images 'undermine peace talks'

The Syrian government has rejected a report which claims to show the systematic torture and killing of around 11,000 prisoners, calling it "politicised" and an attempt to undermine peace talks in Geneva.

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Evidence of 'systematic torture' by Syria's Assad regime

Bashar al-Assad has been president of Syria since 2000. More than 10,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since 2011. Credit: PA

Three prominent international lawyers have found a large collection of photographs showing the "systematic torture and killing" of prisoners by Syria's Assad regime, their report claims.

The document, passed to the Guardian and CNN, was produced by the British law firm Carter-Ruck and funded by the government of Qatar.

It analysed a stash of extremely graphic images provided by a defector codenamed Caesar, who allegedly photographed up to 50 bodies a day.

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