‘They deserve no mercy’: Iraq deals briskly with accused ‘women of Isis’

A Baghdad court has sentenced more than 40 foreign women to death after 10-minute hearings

French national Djamila Boutoutao at the central penal court in Baghdad, where she was sentenced to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group. Photograph: Ammar Karim/AFP

In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help.

Boutoutao, 29, is accused of being a member of Islamic State. Whispering in her native tongue within earshot of other accused Isis members – all foreigners like her – she said life had become unbearable.

“I’m facing a death sentence or life in prison. No one tells me anything, not the ambassador, not people in prison.”

So did her fellow accused – all from central Asia or Turkey, who had all lost husbands and, in some cases, children as the Islamic State collapsed in Iraq last year.

More than 40,000 foreigners from 110 countries are estimated to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the jihadist group. Of those, around 1,900 are believed to have been French citizens, and around 800 were British.

Boutoutao arrived in Iraq in 2014, with her husband, Mohammed Nassereddine and two children. He was killed in Mosul in 2016 as was her son, Abdullah, one year later. She was captured by the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq and eventually sent to Baghdad, where the fortified court in the centre of the capital has become a focal point of the post-Isis era.

Read more at UK Guardian


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  1. “A Baghdad court has sentenced more than 40 foreign women to death after 10-minute hearings”

    The timing works out to 0.4 minute per defendant.
    I guess its long enough for the judge to utter “off with her head”.

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    • Unless they were combatants who had participated in heinous crimes then I dont see why they should be sentenced to death for merely following their husbands.

      After all women are supposed to follow their husbands wherever they go in this adventure called life.

  2. Despite the harsh treatment in Iraki courts, no country on this earth is a sophisticated as Germany. My country invites these women and their children, builds them homes and makes German citizens of them.

    Isn’t this really humane?

  3. What french citizen with very European name/surname did in Syria? Life-long sentence for ’em. We have several Russian idiot girls who communicated with isis bearded subhumans and desired to go there. Sorry, no mercy!

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