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01 March 2018, 07:07 | Simon Arnold
Iraq Sentences Turkish ISIS Brides To Death By Hanging
The central criminal court of Iraq has sentenced 16 Turkish female citizens to death for involvement with the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group, the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq said in a statement, obtained by Sputnik on Sunday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Monday that it was working on the release of Turkish citizens who are now being detained by Iraqi authorities.
Last month, Iraq's Central Criminal Court issued a death penalty by hanging for a German citizen of Moroccan origin in accordance with Anti-Terrorism Law.
Iraq, which has detained at least 560 women, as well as 600 children identified as jihadist or relatives of suspected ISIS fighters, is wasting no time in putting them on trial. Daesh is the acronym for the Arabic name of the terrorist group.
On Thursday, the Iraqi authorities handed over four women and 27 children from IS families to Russian Federation, after being cleared of charges of involvement in terrorist operations against civilians or security forces, Iraqi Foreign Ministry said.
He added, "This also applies to foreign women of ISIS militants".
According to media reports, Iraqi security forces have recently arrested hundreds of women as part of an anti-Daesh campaign.
Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.
In June 2017, nearly three years to the day since Isis crossed over the border from Syria to seize Iraq's second city Mosul in a surprise attack, US-backed Iraqi coalition forces declared the Iraqi half of Isis' so-called caliphate destroyed.
Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi has stated, "All foreign nationals who have committed crimes and acts of terror against Iraqi people, either directly or through support for ISIS terrorists, will be subject to the Iraqi law".
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