Iraqi court gives death penalty to Turkish women

Mar 01, 2018, 07:08
Iraqi court gives death penalty to Turkish women

Iraq's Central Criminal Court issued the sentence after "it was proven they belong to ISIS terrorist group", Judge Abdul Sattar al-Beeraqdar, the High Judicial Council's spokesman, said in a statement. Verdicts may be subject to appeals. Many women came or were brought from overseas in the territories under the control of the jihadist group.

A Turkish woman was sentenced to death last week by the court and 10 others of various nationalities to life in prison, all for alleged Islamic State membership.

The women, said to be aged between 20 and 50, appeared dressed in black at the central criminal court in Baghdad on Sunday.

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On Thursday, the Iraqi authorities handed over four women and 27 children from IS families to Russian Federation, after being cleared of charges of involvement in terrorist operations against civilians or security forces, Iraqi Foreign Ministry said. "She is also convicted of complicity in attacking Iraqi security forces", Biraqdar said.

A German woman was sentenced to death last month for belonging to the group and a Russian fighter was also sentenced to death in Iraq past year for joining the ISIS militant group.

Under Iraq's anti-terror laws, anyone found guilty of joining Isis, including non-combatants, can be given the death penalty.

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Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.

In December, the Iraqi authorities declared a full victory over the group, which captured almost one-third of the country's territory in 2014. While some women were brought to Iraq and Syria against their will, many traveled voluntarily to join militants in their self-declared "caliphate".

Thousands of foreigners have fought for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since 2014. While IS has been driven from its major strongholds, militants have continued to carry out suicide bombings and other attacks. The French news agency also contended that 16 of them had been recently sentenced to death by an Iraqi court.

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