A court in Munich sentenced a German woman to 10 years in prison, who allowed her husband to kill a five-year-old Yazidi woman from thirst. The woman was found guilty, among other things, of supporting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and of aiding and inciting murder.
A court in Munich on Monday found 30-year-old German Jennifer Wenisch guilty of supporting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS), aiding and inciting murder, and attempting to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, Reuters reported. The woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During the trial in court, she hid her face behind a binder.
Her husband had a five-year-old girl dead
In 2015, Wenisch watched her husband, an ISIS fighter, chained a five-year-old Yazidi, who was their slave, and then left her in the sun to die of thirst. The murder was a “punishment” for the child peeing on the mattress, reports AFP. The crime took place in the city of Fallujah in central Iraq.
The agency explained that the woman is being tried in Germany under international law that allows prosecution for war crimes committed abroad.
Sentence at Wenisch’s husband’s trial in November
Wenisch was arrested in 2016 in Turkey and then extradited to Germany.
According to her lawyers, the testimony of the girl’s mother, who brought the case to court, is unreliable. They added that there was no evidence that her daughter actually died. The child’s mother, Nora, was also a slave to Wenisch and her husband. She was represented in the trial by a team of lawyers, including Amal Clooney, famous human rights lawyer and wife of American actor George Clooney.
A trial is pending against Wenisch’s husband, Tah al-Jumaili, in Frankfurt, with the verdict expected in November.
This is one of the first cases in which crimes committed by IS against the Yazidis are brought to trial. In 2014, Islamic militants invaded Yazidi land (a majority religious minority of Kurds) in northern Iraq and abducted thousands of women and children who were then treated as slaves.
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