Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now


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.

follow

editors' picks

February 25, 2018
Airbnb Is Making Some Big Changes To Stay Competitive
The company said collections for social stays, weddings, honeymoons, group getaways and dinner parties are coming later this year. In the past, users could only search the platform based on three options: Shared Space, Private Room and Entire Home.

February 24, 2018
United States to move Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May
Trump said many previous presidents had made the move an election promise but failed to fulfill it. " But I get it ", he said. Last month Vice President Mike Pence had told the Israeli parliament that the embassy move would take place in 2019.

February 24, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence reveals she dropped out of middle school
According to a report from People magazine, the Louisville native made the comments during a soon-to-be-aired 60 Minutes interview.

February 23, 2018
Melania Trump's parents may have used 'chain migration'
He said: 'Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Immigration layer David Leopold said that Melania's sponsorship of her parents likely allowed them to obtain green cards.

February 22, 2018
New Volvo V60 breaks cover
The good news is that the new S60's debut isn't too far away, since Volvo has confirmed that it will debut this summer. Other standard safety features include drowsy driver monitoring and oncoming lane alert systems.

February 22, 2018
Syrian death toll rises as bombing of rebel enclave continues
"We also demand that the backers of the Assad regime use their strong influence to achieve this end", Mr Seibert said. They say at least 10 towns and villages across the Eastern Ghouta came under renewed bombardment on Tuesday.

February 20, 2018
Real Madrid: Asensio pushing for place in Zidane's team at PSG
That time, Marcelo was able to carry on (and went on to score Madrid's third goal ), but luck wasn't on his side today . Betis then took the lead before half-time thanks to Aissa Mandi's strike and a Nacho Fernandez own-goal.

February 20, 2018
Red Sox reportedly sign JD Martinez for 5 years and $110 million
Here's a potential look at what their lineup could look like on Opening Day, according to Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham. In just 62 games in Arizona , he hit 29 homers, drove in 65 runs and propelled the Diamondbacks into the NL Division Series.

February 18, 2018
Tracking a possible weekend snow maker
From sixties to sogginess to sunshine to snow! Conditions should improve quickly Sunday morning once the storm lets up. Right now it looks like 3 to 6 inches of snow is most likely, with 1 to 3 inches over the Cape and the Islands.

February 17, 2018
After Zuma in South Africa
South Africa's rand rallied soon after Ramaphosa started his speech, trading near its three-year best. Zuma did the right thing by stepping down before he was removed from his seat as president.