Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the men were arrested Tuesday in Berlin and the southwestern state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Prosecutors said that a 56-year-old high-ranking member of Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate, identified only as Anwar R., is accused of participating in the abuse of detainees at a prison he oversaw in Damascus. As lead investigator, he allegedly ordered the use of systematic and brutal torture of anti-government activists between July 2011 and January 2012.
Prosecutors say the second man, 42-year-old Eyad A., was part of a unit that arrested hundreds of activists and brought them to the prison run by the other suspect.
Both left Syria in 2012.