Iraq court hands Turkish women death sentence

Michele Moreno
March 1, 2018

A court in Iraq has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging after they were found guilty of belonging to the Islamic State terror group. Last week, another Turkish woman and 10 others of varying nationalities were sentenced to death and life in prison for alleged ISIS membership. In late December 2017, the Iraqi forces detained eight women from Germany charged with participation in the activities of the notorious terrorist group. The verdict is subject to appeal.

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 a year ago for joining the ISIS militant group. While some women were brought to Iraq and Syria against their will, many traveled voluntarily to join militants in their self-declared "caliphate". Four had young children with them.

The French news agency also contended that 16 of them had been recently sentenced to death by an Iraqi court.

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.

Several rights groups have condemned Iraq's treatment of suspected militants, pointing to inhumane prison conditions and a judicial process which does adhere to worldwide standards. Some women were convicted despite not having been implicated in violent acts, according to Human Rights Watch, citing courtroom observers.

Last week, another group of foreign widows of ISIS fighters told a court hearing attended by an AFP journalist that they had been fooled or threatened by their husbands to head to Iraq. 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".

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