Wednesday, May 29, 2019

France Backs Iraqi Trial for French Islamic State Terrorists as Fourth Is Condemned to Death - Breitbart News Network

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France Backs Iraqi Trial for French Islamic State Terrorists as Fourth Is Condemned to Death


Blindfolded suspected Islamic State group (IS) jihadists sit in a Humvee, after they were captured by Iraqi forces near the ancient town of Nimrud, located 30 kilometres south of Mosul in the Nineveh province, on November 15, 2016. Iraqi forces announced that Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th century …
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Islamic State terrorists “must answer for their crimes in court,” France’s foreign affair’s ministry spokeswoman, Agnès von der Mühll, confirmed.

She spoke 24-hours after three French citizens were found guilty of joining the Islamic State terrorist group, as Breitbart News reported, and a fourth Mustapha Merzoughi, 37, was sentenced to death by hanging, according to an AFP journalist at the court.

She spoke 24-hours after three French citizens were found guilty of joining the Islamic State terrorist group, as Breitbart News reported, and a fourth Mustapha Merzoughi, 37, was sentenced to death by hanging, according to an AFP journalist at the court.

Captured in Syria by a U.S.-backed force fighting the jihadists, they are the first French terrorists to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they were transferred for trial.
The four sentenced to death are part of a group of 12 French terror suspects whose cases faced the Iraq justice system.
All will be tried according to Iraq’s counterterrorism law — which can dole out the death penalty to anyone who joined a terror group, even if they were not in direct combat.
In Paris, von der Mühll said France’s position is that adults detained in Iraq must be tried by the Iraqi justice system, as soon as it declares itself competent.
“France respects the sovereignty of Iraqi authorities” she added, though she expressed her country’s opposition to the death penalty, “in principle, at all times and in all places.”
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AP contributed to this story