(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)
Iraq: Two French Men Sentenced to Death for Joining ISIS
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.