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German Court Sentences ISIS Militant to Life in Prison for Involvement in Genocide

12/01/2021 Germany (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday, a court in Frankfurt, Germany sentenced a member of ISIS to life in jail for his involvement in genocide against the Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, the first verdict of genocide against an ISIS member, according to a report from Reuters. The sentencing comes at the end of a year when Christians and Yazidis in Iraq still suffer from the aftermath of the genocide beginning in 2014 and are starting to see some accountability for its perpetrators.

The assailant, Taha al-Jumailly, was convicted as part of the slaughter of more than 3,000 Yazidis, as well as the enslavement of 7,000 Yazidi women and girls. Authorities arrested Al-Jumailly in Greece in 2019, when he was extradited to Germany to be prosecuted, with German relatives of slain Yazidis acting as plaintiffs in the prosecution.

Earlier this year, UNITAD, the UN team overseeing the investigation into ISIS’ crimes, declared that ISIS committed genocide against the Yazidi community. The group continues to investigate ISIS’ crimes in 2014 and 2015, providing evidence for subsequent prosecutions like the recent Frankfurt verdict.

Despite this landmark ruling, survivors of the genocide are still calling on the international community to hold ISIS accountable for their crimes. With many losing hope in Iraq’s internal institutions for justice, the international community must step in to ensure that just trials take place to convict ISIS militants who participated in the brutal genocide.

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