Iraq to sentence 16 Turkish women to death for involvement in ISIS


An Iraqi court sentences 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for their decision to join ISIS. The verdict is subject to appeal.

16 women of different nationalities sentenced to death by Iraqi central criminal court for their involvement with terror group ISIS in Syria.

On February 22, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network quoted Iraq's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub as saying that Iraqi authorities had extradited four women and 27 children from the families of ISIS Takfiri terrorists to Russian officials. A lot of them have been either sentenced to life term imprisonment or given the death penalty.

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

Counterterrorism laws in Iraq allow the courts to sentence people even if they have not taken part in any terrorist acts.

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Thousands of foreigners have fought and died for IS in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq's Arabic-language al-Mashriq newspaper has reported that more than 1,500 women and children from the families of ISIS militants are now being held in the country, and that the Baghdad government is coordinating with their respective countries to decide their fate. "She is also convicted of complicity in attacking Iraqi security forces", Biraqdar said.

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centers they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014. 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.

Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials. In January, a German woman was given a death sentence for aiding IS, and a 17-year-old German who married an IS fighter was given a 6-year jail term last week.