Iraqi court sentences fourth French citizen to death by hanging up to join the Islamic State Group as fifth man postponed for allegations of torture
- Mustafa Mohammed Ibrahim, 37, death sentence given from Nice by hanging
- Three other Frenchmen gave the death penalty in Baghdad on Sunday
- The French government says that Iraqi judges are competent to make judgments
- The trial of another eight French IS fighters, captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, continues
An Iraqi court today sentenced a fourth French citizen to death for joining the Islamic State Group because the sentence for a fifth man was postponed after he had been tortured.
Mustafa Mohammed Ibrahim, 37, was sentenced to death by hanging, according to an AFP journalist for a second day of sentencing.
Yesterday, the court sentenced the death penalty to three other French people on trial for supporting the extremist terrorist group.
Guards stand outside the building where militants from the Islamic State are tried in a special counterterrorism law in Baghdad, Iraq. Four were sentenced to death
France, meanwhile, said that the Iraqi court has the authority to rule over the affairs, although a spokeswoman reiterated the French government's opposition to the death penalty.
The French Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Agnes Von der Muhll, said that France's view is that adults detained in Iraq should be tried by the Iraqi judicial system as soon as it declares itself competent.
& # 39; France respects the sovereignty of the Iraqi authorities & # 39; she added, although expressing the country's opposition to the death penalty, & # 39; in principle, anytime, anywhere. & # 39;
The tests come as questions arise about the legal treatment of thousands of foreigners who were previously with the extremist group.
The French brought to justice are among 12 French IS fighters who transferred the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to Iraq in January.
The Kurdish group led the fight against IS in Syria and has handed over hundreds of suspected IS members to Iraq in recent months.
The suspect's cage in an empty courtroom at the Nineveh Criminal Court, one of the two counterterrorist courts in Iraq where suspects of militants of the Islamic state and their allies are tried
Suspect Muslim state militants wait their turn last week for a conviction at the counterterrorism law in Baghdad, Iraq
IS & # 39; terrorists have to answer their crimes in court & # 39 ;, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll.
As Monday afternoon was opened, Mustafa Mohammed Ibrahim, 37, from the Mediterranean city of Nice was the first to appear. Ibrahim, of Tunisian descent, with short hair and a light beard, walked into the courtroom with a yellow prison uniform with & # 39; Reforms Department & # 39; printed on the back in Arabic
& # 39; I ask for forgiveness from the people of Iraq and Syria and the victims & # 39 ;, said Ibrahim before Judge Ahmed instructed Mohammed to remove his summit to see if there were signs of torture on his body. No wax visible.
& # 39; No matter what the sentence will be against me, I want to go back to my country & # 39 ;, said Ibrahim. He added that he used to work as a driver in France before joining IS.
The judge sentenced Ibrahim to death.
The second man who was brought to court was identified as Fadil Hamad Abdallah, 33, of Moroccan descent.
Abdallah said he was subjected to torture during his detention and the judge referred to a medical commission for investigation and postponed his next session until Sunday.
The judge also postponed the sentencing of three other Frenchmen to Monday.
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