BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi court docket sentenced two males, a French citizen and a Tunisian, to demise on Wednesday after discovering them responsible of becoming a member of Islamic State, a prosecutor advised Reuters.
The newest ruling brings the entire variety of French residents dealing with the demise penalty to seven, with one other 5 French males because of stand trial subsequent week on the identical expenses, and when they are going to seemingly face the identical destiny, he mentioned.
“All of them labored in the identical terror group, the identical proof that was sufficient to convict the others is there to warrant the demise penalty, however it’s as much as the choose,” mentioned the prosecutor, who requested anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to talk to the media.
French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned on Tuesday that France was intensifying diplomatic efforts to forestall six of its residents being executed in Iraq after they had been sentenced to demise for belonging to Islamic State.
Iraq is conducting trials of 1000’s of suspected Islamic State fighters, together with lots of of foreigners, with many arrested because the group’s strongholds crumbled all through Iraq.
The French authorities has refused to take again Islamic State fighters and their wives, though a handful of youngsters have been repatriated. It has referred to as the adults “enemies” of the nation, saying they need to face justice both in Syria or Iraq.
With no acknowledged authorized system within the Kurdish Syrian areas, Western international locations haven’t opposed the switch of some jihadists from the area to Iraq to face justice. Greater than a dozen French jihadists have already been transferred.
The lads sentenced this week had been extradited to Iraq in February and army sources on the time mentioned that 14 French residents had been amongst 280 Iraqi and overseas detainees handed over by the united statesbacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Modifying by Alexandra Hudson