Aged between 20 and 50, the women stated.they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Pictured: ISIS troops marching in 2014

Iraqi court sentences 15 Turkish women to death

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A court in Iraq has sentenced 15 Turkish women to death for being members of ISIS.  

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

Four of the women – all of whom were dressed in black – were accompanied by young children, he said.

Aged between 20 and 50, the women stated.they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria, the official added.

Aged between 20 and 50, the women stated.they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Pictured: ISIS troops marching in 2014

Aged between 20 and 50, the women stated.they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Pictured: ISIS troops marching in 2014

Aged between 20 and 50, the women stated.they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Pictured: ISIS troops marching in 2014

One of them told the judge she had taken part in fighting against Iraqi forces alongside the jihadists, he said.

Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar told AFP the women had a month to appeal.

Last week, another group of foreign widows of ISIS fighters told a court hearing attended they had been fooled or threatened by their husbands to head to Iraq.

Iraq, which has detained at least 560 women, as well as 600 children, identified as jihadist or relatives of suspected ISIS fighters, is wasting no time in putting them on trial.

In January, a court sentenced a German woman to death on charges of providing logistical support to ISIS, and a Turkish woman was earlier this month also handed the death penalty.

Human Rights Watch denounced the rulings as ‘unfair’.

Earlier this week, a Baghdad court sentenced a French woman, Melina Boughedir, to seven months in jail for entering Iraq illegally but ordered her release on time already served.

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centres they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014.

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centres they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014. Pictured: Iraqi police officers celebrating in Mosul after the city was recaptured in July 2017

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centres they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014. Pictured: Iraqi police officers celebrating in Mosul after the city was recaptured in July 2017

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centres they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014. Pictured: Iraqi police officers celebrating in Mosul after the city was recaptured in July 2017

Experts estimate that 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of ISIS. There is no official figure.

Separately, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan stated.in early February they had detained some 4,000 suspected ISIS members, including foreigners.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped ISIS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

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

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