A German convert to Islam was sentenced to ten years in prison on Monday for charges that, as a member of ISIS in Iraq, she allowed a 5-year-old Yazidi girl whom she and her husband held as slaves to die of thirst in the hot sun.
The Munich Regional Court has sentenced the 30-year-old, who was only identified as Jennifer W. in accordance with privacy rules, including membership in a terrorist organization abroad, aiding and abetting attempted murder, attempted war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German news agency dpa reported.
Federal prosecutors had accused the woman, from Lohne in Lower Saxony, of standing in Iraq when her then-husband chained the young Yazidi girl in a courtyard and left her to die of thirst.
The child was “defenseless and helplessly exposed to the situation,” Judge Joachim Baier said on Monday, adding that W. “from the beginning must reckon that the child, who was bound in the heat of the sun, risked dying.”
But she had done nothing to help the girl – even if this had been “possible and reasonable” for her, Baier said, according to dpa.
W. grew up as a Protestant but converted to Islam in 2013.
German media reported that she went to Iraq through Turkey and Syria in 2014 to join ISIS. In 2015, as a member of the extremist group “moral police”, she patrolled parks in Fallujah and Mosul, armed with a rifle and a pistol as well as an explosive vest, looking for women who did not comply with its strict rules of conduct and dress, prosecutors said.
She was taken into custody when she tried to renew her identity papers at the German embassy in Ankara in 2016 and was deported back to Germany.
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