Iraqi court ordered deportation of French female jihadist after 7-year jail term

nsnbc : An Iraqi criminal court ordered on Monday the deportation of female French jihadist Melina Bougedir to France after she has been serving a seven-year jail term in Iraq first.

Melina Bougedir_Iraq_Baghdad_Feb 2018Melina Bougedir was arrested in 2017 in Mosul city along with her four children. Three of the children have already been repatriated to France as she stood trial for entering Iraq illegally.

Bougedir, who appealed veiled at the court, said that she had entered Iraq in October 2015 after spending four days in Syria, along with her husband, who was later killed in Iraq.

Last week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Baghdad that suspected jihadists should be tried in the countries where they committed their “crimes”, while reiterating France’s opposition to the death penalty.

Several females, including a German teenager are risking the death penalty in Iraq. Earlier in the day, the Iraqi court sentenced a Turkish woman to death and 10 others to life in jail for belonging to the self-proclaimed Islamic State a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh.

In a statement, Abdul Satar Bayraqdar, the spokesperson for the High Judicial Council, said the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad “reviewed cases of a group of women who belonged to Islamic State. They were of different nationalities including Turkish and Azeri convicts.” The court, according to Bayraqdar, “sentenced ten women to life in jail over involvement in terrorism, while a Turkish woman was sentenced to death.”

CH/L – nsnbc 21.02.2018

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