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Iraq Sentences Belgian to Death as ISIS Militant

Iraq Sentences Belgian to Death as ISIS Militant

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 - 10:45
Tarek Jadaoun. AFP file photo

Iraq's Central Criminal Court sentenced on Tuesday Tarek Jadaoun, a Belgian, to death by hanging as a senior foreign fighter for ISIS terrorist group.

Jadaoun, 30, also known as Abu Hamza al-Beljiki, joined the extremist group in 2014 and was arrested in Mosul last summer.

He has featured prominently in the group's propaganda videos, which threatened attacks on European soil.

"Al-Beljiki, who is of Moroccan origin, is one of the most wanted foreign fighters who fought on behalf of the terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq," Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, the spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, said in a statement.

The hearing lasted for less than 10 minutes, with the judge sentencing him to be "hanged until death."

Jadaoun, who refused to defend himself after the charges were read out, was immediately taken out of court with his face covered by guards and loaded into a prison van. 

He now has 30 days to appeal the verdict during which the sentence should not be carried out. 

In addition, he was sentenced to three years in prison and handed a fine worth $2,300 (2,000 euros) for illegally crossing the Iraqi border. 

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