Iraq jails French, German ISIS members for life

Iraq jails French, German ISIS members for life

An Iraqi court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison Monday after finding them guilty of belonging to ISIS.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): An Iraqi court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison Monday after finding them guilty of belonging to ISIS.

Judge Suhail Abdullah read out the sentences in Iraq's Central Criminal Court, saying he found French national Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, 55, and the German, Nadia Rainer Hermann, 22, guilty of joining the hard-line terrorist group.

The sentences can be appealed.

Hermann had already been sentenced to a year in jail for entering Iraq illegally. Embassy staff and translators from both countries attended Monday's hearing.

ISIS captured a third of Iraq in 2014 but was largely defeated there and in neighboring Syria last year. Iraq's government declared victory over the group in December.

Iraq is trying hundreds of suspected members, many of whom were arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled throughout Iraq. This includes hundreds of foreigners.

Around 20 foreign women, including nationals of Turkey, Germany and Azerbaijan, have been sentenced to death.


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