Iraqi court sentences German Islamic State member to death

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Baghdad ( The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad has sentenced a German female suspect of Moroccan origins to death over involvement with Islamic State militant group.

“The Central Criminal Court reviewed the case of a German suspect and decreed sentencing her to death, in accordance with provisions of the fourth article of the Counter-Terrorism Law,” Abdul Sattar Bir Qadar, spokesperson for the High Judicial Council, said in a statement on Sunday.

The suspect, according to Bir Qadar, “admitted during investigations to traveling from Germany to Syria then to Iraq as she believed in the IS. She accompanied her two daughters, who were then married to IS members.”

“The suspect offered logistic support to the group and assisted in several terrorist operations. She was convicted for participation in attacks against Iraqi security and military troops,” he added.

Earlier this month, Diyala Criminal Court issued two death sentences against a terrorist for transferring two suicide attackers, one of whom blew up himself in a funeral, while the other targeted a coffee shop in Muqdadiya.

In December, the Court sentenced two IS members to death over carrying out several crimes in the province, including a suicide attack that targeted a cafe in Muqdadiyah in 2016, which left many people killed and injured. Justice Ministry said, in the same month, that death sentences have been carried out against 38 convicts involved in terrorism. In September, the ministry announced that 42 convicts were sentenced to death. In July 2016, The Iraqi Court of Discrimination, sentenced 40 convicts to death over involvement in crime by IS and other collaborators killing 1700 persons in Speicher Camp in Tikrit in 2014. Twelve convicts were sentenced to death in June and 22 others in May.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, previously in December, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.

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