German court to pronounce verdict on former IS member in Yazidi girl’s death

BERLIN (AP) – A court in the German city of Frankfurt is expected to deliver a verdict on Tuesday in the trial of a former Islamic State member who was accused of killing a 5-year-old girl by enslaved her. hot sun.

Taha al-Jay, an Iraqi citizen whose full surname was not released due to privacy regulations, is the first person to be tried on genocide charges for his role in Islamic State’s systematic persecution of the Yazidi religious minority in Germany. ,

A defendant could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of charges, which also include murder, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Federal prosecutors have additionally asked the court to determine whether he bears “special responsibility” for the alleged crime — reducing the possibility of parole after 15 years.

The defendants’ lawyers have denied the allegations leveled against their client.

His German wife was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison for the same incident.

The United Nations has called the IS attack on the Yazidis’ ancestral homeland in northern Iraq in 2014 a genocide, adding that the 400,000-strong community of Yazidis were “all displaced, captured or killed.” Of the thousands captured by IS, the boys were forced to fight for the extremists, the men were not converted to Islam – and were often executed in any case – and the women and girls were sold into slavery. had gone.

According to German prosecutors, al-J. In 2015, a Yazidi woman and her 5-year-old daughter were bought as slaves at an IS base in Syria. Both were taken prisoner by militants in northern Iraq in early August 2014 and “many were sold and sold” by the group already “as slaves”.

The defendant took the woman and her daughter to their home in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and forced them to “keep a home and live according to strict Islamic rules”, while giving them inadequate food and beating them regularly to punish. indictment

Prosecutors allege that in late 2015, Al-Jay. The girl was chained to the bars of a window in the open sun that day, where it reached 50 °C (122 Fahrenheit) and died from punishment. The punishment was allegedly given because the 5-year-old had wet the bed.

The mother of the girl who escaped from captivity testified at the Frankfurt trial.

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