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Asma Mohammed, wife of Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi, sentenced to death for ‘crimes against humanity’

Asma Mohammed, wife of Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi, sentenced to death for ‘crimes against humanity’

An Iraqi criminal court sentenced the wife of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death on Wednesday, July 10. She is accused of collaborating with the Islamic State group and detaining Yazidi women, the Iraqi justice system said, without revealing the woman’s name.

The media identified her as Asma Mohammed aka Asma Fawzi Mohammed Al-Qubaysi, the first wife of a Baghdad polygamist.

Baghdadi’s wife was sentenced to death by hanging “for crimes against humanity and genocide against the Yazidi people and also for contributing to terrorist actions,” a court official told Reuters.

Detention and conviction of Asma Mohammed

“The criminal court of Karkh (west of Baghdad) sentenced to death the wife of terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the crime of collaborating with the terrorist group Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS) and detaining Yazidi women in her house,” the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said on its website.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife arrested the Yazidis, who were “later kidnapped” by ISIS fighters in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, the notice added.

According to an AFP report citing anonymous judicial sources, Asma was brought back to Iraq after being detained in Turkey.

In November 2019, Turkey announced the arrest of Baghdadi’s wife. In February 2024, Iraq declared that it had secured the “repatriation of Baghdadi’s family.” According to some reports, Asma and her children were part of this repatriation.

Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in November 2019 in a raid by US special forces in northern Syria, while Republican Donald Trump was US president.

The IS leader emerged from obscurity to lead the hardline Daesh group and declared himself “caliph” of all Muslims. He ruled large areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2017 before Islamic State’s control collapsed under US-led attacks.

(With contributions from agencies)

Moohita Kaur Garg

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