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Iraqi Court Sentenced 16 Turkish Women to Death for Ties With Daesh

Iraqi Court Sentenced 16 Turkish Women to Death for Ties With Daesh

Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, said that the Iraqi Central Criminal Court sentenced 16 female Turkish citizens to death after they confessed to marrying ISIS members or providing said members of the group with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks.

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

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 previous year for joining the hardline group. One woman told the judge that she had actively taken part in the fighting.

Also, the Iraqi authorities handed over four women and 27 children of Islamic State families to Russian Federation, after they all were acquitted of charges of involvement in terrorist activities against civilians and forces, the Iraqi foreign ministry was quoted as saying by IANS.

Experts estimate that 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of ISIS.

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

It also allows for the death penalty to be issued against anyone - including non-combatants - found guilty of belonging to ISIS. It suggests that the Iraqi authorities "should develop a national strategy to prioritize the prosecution of those who committed the most serious crimes". Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the ISIS militants in their horrific missions.

A courtroom observer said in a Human Rights Watch article that none of the women had been implicated in any violent acts.

Since the Iraqi military announced in December 2017 that the nation was "fully liberated" of ISIS, the government has faced the dilemma of prosecuting former ISIS members.