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Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq for IS links

Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq for IS links

The central criminal court issued the sentences "after it was proven that they belong to the Daesh terrorist group and after they confessed to marrying Daesh elements or providing members of the group with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar was quoted as saying. The verdict is subject to appeal.

It is the latest round of harsh punishment handed down in connection with ongoing trials of hundreds of foreign women detained since August.

Several women who surrendered to Iraqi forces alongside defeated ISIS fighters have already been sentenced to death or life in prison, according to Human Rights Watch. "Four had young children with them", it adds.

One woman said she had taken part in battles against Iraqi coalition forces as they advanced on Isis' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul a year ago.

In December, the Iraqi authorities declared a full victory over the group, which captured almost one-third of the country's territory in 2014.




Counterterrorism laws in Iraq allow the courts to sentence people even if they have not taken part in any terrorist acts. It also argues that in cases where a suspect is claimed to be a Daesh member "without evidence of any other serious crime, authorities should consider alternatives to criminal prosecution".

Aged between 20 and 50, the women said they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed "caliphate" straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria, the official added.

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns about the judicial process and branded the trials unfair. The group has been driven out of all population centres it once controlled on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, but members have continued to carry out bombings and other attacks in Iraq.

Iraqi courts have since tried dozens of women accused of voluntarily joining with ISIS.

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