A former ISIS member was convicted on Tuesday of killing a five-year-old girl in Iraq. The accident occurred in 2015, and after six years the verdict is ready.
The 29-year-old, referred to as Al-J, was sentenced in a regional court in Frankfurt to life imprisonment, in addition to paying compensation of 50,000 euros, equivalent to more than 500,000 crowns, to the child’s mother. Five years old was killed.
Fainted in court
Al-J bought the five-year-old as slaves in 2014, and the judge in court concluded that the 29-year-old had acted with the intent to exterminate the Jesuits (members of religious sects scattered in Kurdish areas), and thus constituted genocide.
The defendant’s lawyer denied the charges against his client, who fainted when the judgment was read out, writing Watchman.
Also present in the courtroom was the accused’s German wife, who was sentenced in October to 10 years in prison for murder. The mother of the five-year-old testified in both cases, and attorney Amal Clooney, who served as the mother’s counsel, was very pleased with the verdict.
– This is the moment the Yazidis have been waiting for. To finally hear a judge, after seven years, declare that they have suffered a genocide. She added that seeing a man facing justice for the murder of a Yazidi girl, according to the Guardian newspaper.
According to German prosecutors, Al-J bought a Jesuit woman and her five-year-old daughter as slaves at an ISIS base in Syria in 2015. Both had been held by ISIS since 2014.
The two defendants kept the two defendants confined to their home, and are said to have forced them to follow his strict regime and live according to the rules of the Islamic State. In addition to the repeated beating of them, according to the indictment that the British newspaper was able to access.
Prosecutors allege that in late 2015 Al-Jeh killed the five-year-old by chaining her to a window outside in the scorching sun, on a day when temperatures were supposed to reach 50 degrees. This is as punishment for the girl who peed in bed.
The 29-year-old suspect was arrested in Greece two years ago, and soon after was extradited to Germany.
In 2014, the Islamic State killed and displaced thousands of Yazidis in northern Iraq. In August of the same year, the Islamic State occupied the city of Sinjar, near the border with Syria. The conquest caused the city’s residents, mostly Yezidi Kurds, to flee from Sinjar.
In addition, dozens of Yazidis were killed for refusing to convert to Islam. The religion of the Jesuits has similarities with many other religions, including Islam and Christianity, and ISIS considers them to be non-believers.
Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, herself escaped ISIS captivity. She believed that the verdict was a victory for all those who were victims of ISIS crimes.
Germany is not only raising awareness of the need for justice, but also taking the necessary measures. She stated that governments around the world could and should copy it.
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