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Iraqi Court Sentences 3 French ISIS Members to Death

Iraqi Court Sentences 3 French ISIS Members to Death

Monday, 27 May, 2019 - 05:15
Iraqi Special Operations Forces arrest a person suspected of belonging to Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq February 26, 2017. Reuters

An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced three French citizens to death for joining ISIS, several news agencies reported.

Captured in Syria by a US-backed force fighting the militants, Kevin Gonot, Leonard Lopez and Salim Machou were transferred to Iraq for trial.

They have 30 days to appeal, an Iraqi official said.

Iraqi legal expert Ahmed al-Abadi told Asharq Al-Awsat that those accused of ISIS membership from any nationality could be taken to trial in Iraq because their charges include threats to Iraq’s national security.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi interior ministry said it has found militant hideouts in Diyala province.

A ministry spokesman said that police intelligence received a tip off and raided two hideouts where they found arms and ammunition.

Iraq has recently expressed willingness to put on trial foreigners caught in Iraq or Syria.

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