• Iraq gives death sentence to sister of former al-Qaeda leader

The sister of a former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in 2010 has been sentenced to death in a Baghdad court on terrorism charges, including collaborating with militants in terror operations.

The conviction was announced in a Thursday statement issued by Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, saying that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi’s sister was found guilty of “offering logistic support and help to (terrorists) in carrying out criminal acts.”

According to the statement, other charges cited for the conviction of the woman -- whose identity is yet to be disclosed -- include “distributing money” among the terrorists in Mosul, which was overrun in 2014 by Daesh-led militants who engaged in a terror campaign in the northern Iraq city and its surrounding regions for over three years.

Bayrkdar said the woman’s husband was also a member of the al-Qaeda leadership, who was sentenced to death earlier.

However, he did not elaborate on the nature of other charges and the years the woman had collaborated with the al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The statement by Iraq’s judiciary spokesman initially identified the convicted woman as the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the notorious Daesh terror group.



Mar 08, 2018 17:57 UTC