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Iraq jails Turkish woman, Syrian man for life over ISIS ties

An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a Turkish woman and a Syrian man to life in jail over ties to Islamic State, a judicial spokesman said.

The woman was accused of “hiding the actions of a terrorist group to which her husband belonged,” Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said, referring to ISIS.

“The court condemned another Syrian terrorist to life in prison for belonging to ISIS and for taking part in attacks against Iraqi soldiers,” he said.

Iraq in December declared victory against ISIS after a years-long battle to retake large swathes of territory the jihadists had seized in 2014.

Several hundred foreigners, both men and women, are thought to have been detained in the fighting.

An Iraqi court last month condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the jihadist group.

MoreIraq didn’t tell Berlin it had sentenced a German woman to death for joining ISIS

She is believed to be the first European woman to be sentenced to death in Iraq in relation to ISIS. A German official told The Defense Post that Berlin was not notified that the woman had been sentenced to death.

Another German national, Linda Wenzel, is currently awaiting trial in Baghdad. She left Germany in 2016 to join ISIS and was captured last year by Iraqi forces in Mosul. 17-year-old Wenzel also faces the death penalty.

In September last year, Iraq sentenced to death by hanging a Russian man who was captured in second city Mosul and found guilty of fighting for the group.

In December, a Swedish man of Iraqi origin was among 38 people executed after being convicted of “terrorism.”

Three French women awaiting trial in Baghdad could face the death penalty for joining ISIS, sources with knowledge their cases told AFP last month. A group of French wives and children of ISIS fighters detained in Syria sued the French government in January for refusing to repatriate them.


With reporting from AFP

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