The parents of a Syrian soldier murdered by the Islamic State group in Syria are taking their case to a French court because one of the alleged killers is a French citizen, the media reported on Tuesday.
In a legal first, their civil case against alleged jihadists Maxime Hauchard was accepted by French magistrates last week, according to reports in French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro.
This is the first time that a Syrian family has opened a civil case against a French citizen waging jihad in Syria.
The Syrian soldier, named as Ghaisse M., was part of a cavalry (armoured) unit based in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa when he was taken hostage in 2014.
In November of that year, a shocking video was released showing Ghaisse and 17 other Syrians, as well as American hostage Peter Kassig, being beheaded.
In the grisly video, jihadists are shown marching the captive Syrian soldiers past a box of combat daggers, which are picked by the militants as they march past with their prisoners. The hostages are then forced to kneel in a line and decapitated. The high-definition video includes close-ups of the extremists.
Hauchard is alleged to have been one of the executioners.
The parents' French lawyer Fabrice Delinde, who travelled to Homs in March to investigate the case against Hachard, told Le Figaro that criminal proceedings on terror charges against the 23-year-old were opened in December.
"The relatives of victims of terrorism abroad have so far never been heard in cases against French terrorists," Delinde stated.