A former member of the Islamic State group has been convicted of involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity, including the murder of a five-year-old Yazidi girl he bought as a slave and then chained her to a window. because he had left her to die. In the scorching heat.
The defendant, an Iraqi man named simply Taha al-Jay, was arrested and extradited to Greece Germany Two years ago a Frankfurt court sentenced him to life imprisonment.
It is believed to be the first time a person has been convicted of genocide for persecution. Yezidiz religious minorities by IS.
In a historic verdict, he was convicted of his involvement in the killing of more than 3,000 Yazidis and the enslavement of 7,000 women and girls by IS jihadists in 2014-15.
This, the court ruled, involved the murder of a five-year-old girl who was enslaved by the defendant and chained to a window, causing her to die in the scorching heat in Iraq in 2015.
According to German prosecutors, Al Jay, aged 29, bought a Yazidi woman and her five-year-old daughter Reda as slaves at an IS base in Syria in 2015.
The pair were captured by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Kocho in early August 2014 and had already been “sold and sold as slaves several times” by the extremist group.
The respondent took the woman and her daughter to their home in Fallujah Iraq Prosecutors said, and forced them to “keep home and live according to strict Islamic rules” while giving them little food and often killing them as punishment.
He alleged that in late 2015, Al Jay shackled the girl to the bars of a window in the open sun, where temperatures reached 50C (122F) and she lost her life.
The girl was allegedly punished by the man as he had wet the bed.
The defendant’s lawyers denied the charges against their client, who was ordered by the Frankfurt Regional Court to pay €50,000 (£42,500) to the girl’s mother.
Last month, his German wife, identified only as Jennifer W., was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the girl’s death.
The child’s mother, who escaped captivity, testified at both trials and was a co-plaintiff.
Lawyer Amal Clooney, who was the mother’s lawyer, said after Tuesday’s ruling: “This is the moment the Yezidis have been waiting for.
“Finally let a judge, after seven years, declare that what they suffered was genocide. Seeing a man face justice for the murder of a Yazidi girl – because she was a Yazidi.”
The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq who IS viewed as Satan worshipers for their faith that combines Zoroastrian, Christian, Manichaean, Jewish and Muslim beliefs.
The United Nations described IS’s attack on the Yazidis’ ancestral homeland in northern Iraq in 2014 as a genocide, claiming that their 400,000-strong community was “all displaced, captured or killed”.
Of the thousands captured by IS, the boys had to fight for the militants, the men were executed if they didn’t convert to Islam – and if they did, they were often murdered – and the women and girls were enslaved. sold as.
The German authorities handled the case under the principle of universal jurisdiction, where the country could try very serious crimes, even if they occurred elsewhere and had no direct links to Germany.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a survivor of IS atrocities, called the verdict “a victory for genocide survivors, survivors of sexual violence and the entire Yazidi community”.