Man gets life sentence in Iraq for supplying IS militants with money

Baghdad’s central criminal court.

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi court has sentenced a man to life in jail over accusations of supplying Islamic State militants with money.

“The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad has sentenced a man to life imprisonment as he was found guilty of handing over money to IS militants in Hawija,” a town which had fallen to the extremist group in June 2014, Alghad Press website quoted the Iraqi judiciary as saying in a statement.

“The defendant admitted delivering money to IS militants in return for $100,” said the statement, adding that the verdict was issued pursuant to article no. 4 of the anti-terrorism law.

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

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

Human rights groups have always criticized collective death sentences issued by Iraqi courts, claiming that some detainees are tortured and threatened.

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