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Iraq
Two more French jihadists now on death row in Iraq
2019-06-03
[Rudaw] Nine French jihadists are now on death row in Iraq after a court sentenced two more to death on Sunday for joining the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, rejecting a claim of torture.

Fodil Tahar Aouidate and Vianney Ouraghi were among 11 French citizens and one Tunisian handed over to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed force fighting the jihadist group in Syria.

Described as violent and ready to die for the Death Eater IS ideology, Aouidate first appeared in court on May 27 but a judge delayed his trial and ordered a medical examination after the 32-year-old claimed he was tortured into confessing.

"The medical report shows that there are no signs of torture on his body," the judge told the court before handing down his sentence.

His trial was quickly followed by that of 28-year-old Ouraghi, who acknowledged in court that he "worked with" IS but said he did not participate in any fighting.

Baghdad has handed capital punishments to seven of the other French jihadists and the Tunisian over the past week.

Hearings for the last two suspected French IS members to be tried in Baghdad are set for Monday.

‘OUTSOURCING’ IS TRIALS
Ouraghi, who has Algerian roots, left La Belle France for Syria in 2013 and joined the al-Qaeda affiliate there before jumping to IS when the latter declared its "caliphate" in 2014.

"Yes, I worked with IS, but I did not participate in any combat in Syria or Iraq," Ouraghi said in classical Arabic, which he picked up in Egypt.

Sporting thick glasses and a light brown goatee, he pleaded that he was only an "IS administrative officer" in charge of "widows and families" of the jihadist group.

Aouidate showed no reaction when the judge handed down his death sentence, according to an AFP journalist at the trial.

He first went to Syria in 2013 and returned in 2014 with 22 members of his family to join IS, according to the French judiciary.
And what happened to them, pray tell?
Authorities also linked him to Belgium’s Salafist movement including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the presumed criminal mastermind of the 2015 Gay Paree attacks.

Interrogated for four months, he alleged during his first hearing that he was beaten to "confess" to the charges levelled against him.

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi interrogators of "using a range of torture techniques... which would not leave lasting marks on the person’s body".

It also condemned La Belle France’s "outsourcing" of trials of IS suspects to "abusive justice systems" and criticised Iraq’s "routine failure... to credibly investigate torture allegations".
An Nahar adds:
France convicted two of Aouidate's sisters for "financing terrorism" for sending 15,000 euros to relatives in Syria.
What generous souls the dear girls were, to be sure.
Posted by:trailing wife

#4  I believe they are hanged, jpal.
Posted by: trailing wife   2019-06-03 23:19  

#3  Do they throw them off of rooftops or is that just for the gay ones?
Posted by: jpal   2019-06-03 19:28  

#2  Iraq should make a profitable industry out of this. Really, we'd gladly pay. Let's call it Death Row Outsourcing. Every slow, deliberative judiciary shipping the ones on their death rows (pathetic) to this paragon of decisiveness.

I never thought I'd cheer Iraq by the way.
Posted by: Dron66046   2019-06-03 16:04  

#1  Boo hoo. Oh, the humanity. Terrorists are humans too, after all. They should take classes to fit back into society, then they can babysit ... other people's kids.
Posted by: gorb   2019-06-03 13:35  

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