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Høyesterettsbygningen i Bagdad. Stillbilde: shiawaves / YouTube.

Irakiske domstoler har i løpet av en uke dømt i alt elleve IS-terrorister med fransk statsborgerskap til døden, går det frem av en AFP-melding som er offentliggjort av France 24.

Bilel Kabaoui, 32, and Mourad Delhomme, 41, join nine other French citizens and a Tunisian national already on death row after trials over the past week. They have 30 days to appeal the sentences.

Gruppen ble utlevert til Irak fra Syria av en USA-støttet styrke som fordrev den islamske staten fra sin siste skanse, skriver AFP.

I retten endret den ene av de dømte forklaringen som var blitt gitt i avhør:

Although he denied it at trial, Delhomme told investigators he joined the Tariq Ibn Ziyad brigade, an IS unit described by US officials as «a European foreign terrorist fighter cell».

The group was charged with carrying out attacks in Iraq and Syria and planning others in Paris and Brussels.

Den andre påstod at han egentlig hadde ønsket å bryte ut av IS:

Kabaoui, for his part, pleaded the error of youth.

«Five years ago I was super stupid. I was convinced that I could leave Syria when I wanted to,» he told the judge.

He claimed he asked his family in France to contact French intelligence to find a way for him to return with his wife and three children — it was on that advice that he surrendered to US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria in late 2017.

Irak har hittil i år dømt mer enn 500 utlendinger for medlemskap i IS – flere av dem til livsvarig fengsel eller døden, men ingen er så langt blitt henrettet.

Franske myndigheter ser ikke ut til å anstrenge seg veldig hardt for å hindre at IS-medlemmer blir gjenstand for irakisk justis:

France has long insisted its adult citizens captured in Iraq or Syria must face trial before local courts, while stressing its opposition to capital punishment.

French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye reiterated Sunday that officials were intervening «at the highest level» in the cases.

On Sunday, France’s state secretary at the interior ministry Laurent Nunez said «other (French citizens) could be tried» in Iraq.

 

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