Iraqi court sentences Russian accused of IS ties to death penalty

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

This is the first time that a foreign ISIS fighter in Iraq has received a death sentence. The militant admitted that he carried out several terrorist attacks against Iraq's security forces in 2015, the spokesman said.

AFP reported that the man was 28 years old and said during his interrogation he had discovered Islam in Moscow, where Uzbek construction workers introduced him to the religion. Reuters has reported that the authorities are also holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected militants, including some from Russian Federation and other former Soviet states Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.

In 2016, Iraq executed more than 88 people, topped only by Saudi Arabia, Iran and China.

Wenzel's case garnered attention after pictures and videos of her looking disheveled as she was being led out of the Iraqi city were published.

As many as 5,000 men are awaiting trial in Mosul, judges told the outlet and 27 ISIS fighters were sentenced to death by hanging last month in Baghdad.

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