Turkish women face death penalty over Isis membership

by Garry Watts March 1, 2018, 2:58
Turkish women face death penalty over Isis membership

Sixteen Turkish women were sentenced to death in Iraq because membership in the Islamic State terrorist organization, Reuters and TASS reported, referring to the judiciary.

He added the convicts were Turkish citizens who had "provided logistical support to Daesh and had married militants of the organization".

Human Rights Watch has criticised the courts for handing down death sentences for non-violent crimes, and claims that numerous women were tricked or coerced into joining the terrorist group.

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. Further in December, Iraq claimed victory over the defeat of ISIS which had seized about a third of the country in Iraq.

Iraq's central criminal court issued the sentences "after it was proven 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 said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. However, Iraqi authorities are yet to release an official figure on the matter.

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Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.

Saad al-Hadithi, spokesman of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's media office, confirmed that all "foreign nationals who committed crimes and violations against the people of Iraq, whether directly or by supporting the terrorist IS militants, will be subject to the Iraqi law".

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.

HRW said it had interviewed 18 people in Mosul, including lawyers, aid workers and security officials, for its report since late January. Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the militants.

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