Iraq: Two French Men Sentenced to Death for Joining ISIS


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Iraq: Two French Men Sentenced to Death for Joining ISIS

Sunday, 2 June, 2019 – 11:00
FILE – in this May 23, 2018 file photo, suspected ISIS militants wait their turn for sentencing at the counterterrorism court in Baghdad, Iraq. AP
Asharq Al-Awsat
Two French men were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after they were found guilty of being ISIS members, a prosecutor said.

Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected ISIS fighters, including hundreds of foreigners, with many arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled, Reuters reported.

Sunday’s sentences bring the number of French citizens facing the death penalty in Iraq to nine, the prosecutor noted, adding that another three are due to stand trial on Monday.

“There was sufficient evidence to hand down a death sentence. They both were fighters of the terrorist IISIS organization,” the prosecutor said of the convictions, which can be appealed.

All the nine French men convicted so far were extradited to Iraq in February.

According to Reuters, military sources at the time said that 14 French citizens were among 280 Iraqi and foreign detainees handed over by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

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