Iraqi court sentences German woman to death over joining IS group

Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined Islamic State

An Iraqi court has sentenced a German woman of Moroccan origin to death for joining the Islamic State terror group.

According to the report, the sentenced woman was caught during the battle against Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul previous year.

"The Central Criminal Court issued a death penalty by hanging for a German citizen of Moroccan origin in accordance with Anti-Terrorism Law", Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said in a brief statement.

An Iraqi court found the unnamed woman guilty of "offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts".

She is thought to be the first foreign woman to be sentenced to death in Iraq for joining the group, reports say.

She then travelled to Iraq along with her two daughters, who both later married militants.

In December, Iraqi authorities reportedly detained eight women from Germany, suspecting them of participation in Daesh activities.

Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi Federal Police members hold an Islamic State flag, which they pulled down during fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 4, 2017.

The same month Linda Wenzel, 17, who joined Isis the year before after fleeing her hometown in eastern Germany, was captured.



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