Iraqi court sentences 15 Turkish women to death for belonging to ISIL

Aaron Brown
March 1, 2018

At least 15 women of Turkish nationality have been sentenced to death in Iraq for being members of Isis.

Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said on Sunday the convicted women confessed that they married IS militants and provided them logistical support, Xinhua news agency reported.

Last week, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death by the Iraq court and 10 other women from different countries were given life sentences.

Roughly 1,700 women and children have surrendered or been captured since summer 2017, when Iraqi forces began retaking ISIS-controlled territory along the Syrian border.

Another Turkish woman accused of joining the jihadist group was given a life sentence, the official said, adding they had all acknowledged the charges against them.

According to media reports, Iraqi security forces have recently arrested hundreds of women as part of an anti-Daesh campaign.

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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.

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

Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials. There is no official figure. 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".

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

The Iraqi government declared its war against the group over in December.

The women told the court that they had entered Iraq illegally to be with their husbands who had left to join IS, which at the time was gaining significant ground in Iraq and Syria.

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