Turkish Women Sentenced to Death for Belonging to ISIL in Iraq

Marsha Scott
March 1, 2018

The defendants confessed to marrying Isis fighters or providing the group "with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", said Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar.

To remind you, thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014.

Also on Thursday, an Iraqi newspaper reported that more than 1,500 foreign women and children from the families of IS militants are being held by the Iraqi authorities, which are coordinating with the countries of origin to decide their fate.

Iraq has handed over to Russian Federation four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the group, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that they were "tricked" into joining the militants. One woman told the judge that she had actively taken part in the fighting.

About 1,700 women and children linked to an "Islamic state" surrendered or were captured in Iraq.

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 previous year for joining the ISIS militant group.

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Human Rights Watch has criticised the courts for handing down death sentences for non-violent crimes, and claims that numerous women were tricked or coerced into joining the terrorist group.

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns about the judicial process and branded the trials unfair.

According to experts, an estimated 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of IS.

Iraq's anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped ISIS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks. The suspects claimed to have been tricked into joining ISIS militants.

In June 2017, nearly three years to the day since Isis crossed over the border from Syria to seize Iraq's second city Mosul in a surprise attack, US-backed Iraqi coalition forces declared the Iraqi half of Isis' so-called caliphate destroyed.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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