Refugee sentenced to 5 years in jail for beating 3yo son at Greek camp

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A 32-year-old Syrian man was sentenced to five years in prison after video footage emerged showing him beating his three-year-old son at a refugee camp in Chios, Greece.

The man, identified as Usama Abdu, initially claimed that he had beaten his child because he had refused to wash, but later conceded that he was trying to blackmail his estranged wife into joining him in Greece. Initially appearing without a lawyer because no member of the Bar Association would represent him, the presiding judge had some harsh words for Abdu before sentencing him on Friday, reported.

“How a man can love his wife and not love the child this woman bore him? With what kind of heart did he do this? From what is this man made?” Judge Maria Tompazis asked the defendant. Abdu, in turn, offered up “a thousand apologies.”

“What can I do to apologize?” he asked with tears in his eyes.

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