Iraqi court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS

Unfair ISIS Trial in Iraq Hands Women Harshest Sentences

All 15 said they had married Isis fighters or provided the militant organisation with "logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", the judge's statement said.

Last week, another group of foreign widows of ISIS fighters told a court hearing attended by an AFP journalist that they had been fooled or threatened by their husbands to head to Iraq. While some women were brought to Iraq and Syria against their will, many traveled voluntarily to join militants in their self-declared "caliphate".

Sixteen Turkish women were found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on Sunday, CNN reports.

On February 22, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network quoted Iraq's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub as saying that Iraqi authorities had extradited four women and 27 children from the families of ISIS Takfiri terrorists to Russian officials.

Iraq has detained at least 560 women and 600 children identified as militants or relatives of ISIS militants.

Last week, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for membership in the terrorist organization.

Human Rights Watch has criticised the courts for handing down death sentences for non-violent crimes, and claims that numerous women were tricked or coerced into joining the terrorist group.

16 women of different nationalities sentenced to death by Iraqi central criminal court for their involvement with terror group ISIS in Syria.

In December, the Iraqi authorities declared a full victory over the group, which captured almost one-third of the country's territory in 2014. Estimates suggest that there are 20,000 people held in custody in Iraq over IS ties, but there is no official number.

Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.

"Iraq's security forces are marginalizing thousands of families of ISIS suspects by depriving them of the basic documents they need to rebuild their lives", said HRW's deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih.

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