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Iraqi court sentences three Azerbaijani women, Kyrgyz citizen to death over Daesh membership

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows a view of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq in the capital Baghdad.

A court in Iraq has sentenced three Azerbaijani women and a female Kyrgyz citizen to death over membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror across the war-ravaged Arab country.

The Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq, in a statement released on Tuesday, announced that the Central Criminal Court has issued the verdicts on the quartet.

The court also handed life sentences to two Russian nationals and one woman from France.

On April 2, the Central Criminal Court sentenced six Turkish women to death and handed down a life term to another.

The women, all accompanied by small children, told the court they had entered Iraq to join their husbands, who were fighting within the ranks of the terror outfit. 

In January, Iraqi judicial officials sentenced a German citizen of Moroccan origin to death by hanging in accordance with Anti-Terrorism Law.

Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said the woman, whose identity was not disclosed, had confessed during investigations that she traveled from Germany to Syria and then to Iraq, because she had a strong belief in Daesh.

The German citizen was accompanied with her two daughters, who later married members of Daesh terrorist group.

“The woman is accused of providing logistical support to the terrorist organization, and helped them commit their criminal acts. She is also convicted of complicity in attacking Iraqi security forces,” Biraqdar said.

Iraq has detained at least 560 women, as well as 600 children, identified as Takfiris or relatives of Daesh terrorists.

Experts estimate that a total of 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of Daesh. The Baghdad government has not released an official figure as yet.

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