Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for joining IS

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Baghdad, Feb 19 (IANS) An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a Turkish woman to death and 10 other foreign women to life imprisonment for joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

“The Central Criminal Court issued a death penalty by hanging for a female Turkish citizen and issued 10 verdicts of life sentences for other females from different nationalities,” a spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council said.

All the sentences are preliminary and subject to review by the Court of Cassation, spokesman Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

In January, the court sentenced a German woman to death for joining the extremist group and providing it logistical support that helped the group to commit their criminal acts.

She was also convicted of complicity in attacking the Iraqi security forces.

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Thousands of IS fighters and supporters from various nationalities had joined the IS group when it took control of large swathes of land in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

But after the Iraqi forces defeated the group in Iraq, hundreds of IS loyalists were killed or captured, while many others were still at large.

–IANS

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