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An RCMP document charges Col. George Salloum with torture.
It is unclear whether he can be located and since Syria is beset by warring factions, casting doubt on the prospect of a trial any time soon.
It marks the second time in recent months the RCMP have laid charges against someone in a far-flung country for a crime committed many years ago.
In June, almost seven years after the overseas hostage-taking of former journalist Amanda Lindhout, the RCMP arrested and charged a Somalian man.
Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan were seized by young gunmen near strife-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in August 2008. Both were released on Nov. 25, 2009.
Ali Omar Ader, a Somalian national, faces a charge of hostage-taking for his purported role as a negotiator.
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