Sunday 31 May, 2020

Reports: Trini woman sentenced to death in Iraq

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says he is unaware of the circumstances surrounding a Trinidadian woman being sentenced to death in Iraq. 

Al-Rawi was questioned on the issue during a media conference at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Reports carried by several Arab and international media outlets stated that the woman was one of six women sentenced to death due to their affiliation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

One report in the Daily Sabah Mideast said:

"Two women from Russia, both holding children in their arms, were also sentenced to life in prison at the same hearing, while five from Azerbaijan were condemned to death along with a woman from Trinidad."

The report said Iraqi anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped ISIS even if they are not accused of violence.

The reports did not identify the Trinidadian woman by name. 

Asked for comment, Al-Rawi said he did not have any information on the matter but would be conducting enquiries.

“I am not personally aware of that issue,” he said.

“Obviously we will make enquiries to see whether this is real or fake news and what the determinant circumstances are. I will have to undertake investigate the issue.”

Meanwhile, head of the Islamic Front Umar Abdullah says it is unlikely that women travelling from T&T to the middle east were fighting for ISIS. 

He however said it was possible the women accompanied their husbands there.

A French woman sentenced alongside the Trinidadian woman told the Iraqi court that she entered the country with her husband, who tricked her into believing they were going on a vacation.

She however said when she arrived, she discovered that her husband was a jihadist and had joined ISIS.

The woman said she was forced to join the terrorist organisation and live in their so-called "caliphate".

She said her husband and son were subsequently killed. The French woman was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Abdullah called on the government to take action to assist the T&T national. 


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