Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq for joining IS
- Author: Ryan Wade Mar 01, 2018,
Mar 01, 2018, 7:10
A court in Iraq sentenced 16 Turkish women to death on Sunday after they were found guilty of belonging to the "Islamic State" (IS) terror group.
"The convicted women had confessed during the investigation they joined ISIS, marrying ISIS members and providing logistical aid to the group", al-Beeraqdar added.
In January, a court sentenced a German woman to death on charges of providing logistical support to ISIS, and a Turkish woman was earlier this month also handed the death penalty.
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 hardline group.
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This sentencing follows after Iraq claimed victory over ISIS in Iraq and after several hundreds of women have been tried by the Iraqi court.
Iraq has detained 560 women and 600 children over alleged links to IS, and has moved quickly to put them on trial. "Four had young children with them", it adds.
Defense lawyers also argued militant husbands either tricked or forced their wives into traveling to Iraq and Syria.
To remind you, thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014.
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Last week, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for membership in the terrorist organization.
According to media reports, Iraqi security forces have recently arrested hundreds of women as part of an anti-Daesh campaign.
Iraq declared victory in December over Islamic State, which had seized control of almost a third of the country in 2014. It suggests that the Iraqi authorities "should develop a national strategy to prioritize the prosecution of those who committed the most serious crimes".
Belkis Wille, a senior Iraq researcher at Human Rights Watch, was quoted by CNN as saying: "In these cases, the women are getting the harshest possible sentences for what appears to be marriage to an ISIS member or a coerced border crossing".
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