Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS

Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS

In a landmark judgment, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court on Sunday, February 25, sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging after they confessed to marrying Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters and joining the group in Syria.

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

To remind you, thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014. The sources stressed that they have requested the return of children and adults who have not committed any crimes - four children have been returned to Turkey so far.

A court in Iraq has sentenced more than a dozen Turkish women to death over membership in the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror across the conflict-ridden Arab country.

It is the latest round of harsh punishment handed down in connection with ongoing trials of hundreds of foreign women detained since August.

One woman said she had taken part in battles against Iraqi coalition forces as they advanced on Isis' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul previous year.

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

The source added that another Turkish woman was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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 past year for joining the hardline group.

It also allows for the death penalty to be issued against anyone - including non-combatants - found guilty of belonging to ISIS.

Iraq declared victory in December over Daesh, which had seized control of almost a third of the country in 2014.

"Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected ISIS members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, " HRW said.

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