Yazidi genocide – An IS member is found guilty of the crime in Germany’s landmark trial

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When Taha Al-Jumailly appeared before the Frankfurt court, he covered his face.

In a historic German trial, an Iraqi member the Islamic State group (IS) was found guilty of genocide towards the Yazidi minority.

Frankfurt court sentenced Taha al-Jumailly for the killing of Yazidi girls in Iraq.

In 2015, the jihadist was accused in an attack on the 5-year-old. He entangled her and then left her thirsty.

Al-Jumailly was the first IS member to face trial for genocide against Yazidis.

The defense lawyers of the accused refuted these allegations during trial.

After IS seized vast swathes in Syria and Iraq, the Kurdish-speaking Yazidis were persecuted.

As IS fighters stormed northern Iraq’s ancestral Yazidis homeland, they killed thousands and forced women and children to enslave and raped.

The United Nations declared that IS committed genocide against Yazidi communities in 2016.

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Al-Jumailly was 29, and is believed to have joined IS in 2013, holding various positions in Raqqa (Syria) as well as the capital of its so-called Caliphate.

In 2019, he was detained in Greece and extradited to Germany. He is being prosecuted according to the international law principle of universal jurisdiction.

Jennifer Wenisch (his German wife) was sentenced to 10 years for crimes against humanity last month. She did nothing at all to free the Yazidi girl that she and her husband had sold.

Al-Jumailly was found guilty Tuesday by a Frankfurt court of genocide and war crimes. Temporarily, he fainted as the verdict was given.

Prosecutors said that he killed the 5-year-old girl because she belonged the Yazidi minority, and intended to eradicate them all.

A person can be deemed to have committed genocide under Germany’s international penal code if they kill, cause serious bodily and mental harm to any member of a groups or move a child using force with the intent to eliminate “in total or in part”, a national or racial religious or ethnic group.

What caused the death of this child?

Prosecutors claim that Nora and the girl were taken as slaves to Falluja, Iraq in May 2015 or June 2015. They were then mistreated there until September 2015.

The mother claimed that the father had punished her daughter and her mother when she threw up on the bed.

Mother suffered burns from standing outside at temperatures 50 degrees Celsius. Daughter was tied to window to escape the heat, before succumbing to thirst.

Amal Clooney, an Amal Clooney human rights lawyer based in London was part the legal team that represented the mother.

Clooney made a statement praising her client’s courage and saying Tuesday’s verdict was the moment Yazidis were waiting for. She stated, “There’s no denying it” – ISIS (another term for IS) has been found guilty of genocide.

After the conviction of al Jumailly’s spouse, last month she stated that she would like to see “a stronger global effort” to bring IS criminals to justice.

Germany is the only country that has brought IS members to trial for Yazidi crimes.

Germany has brought charges against a variety of German and international nationals for war crimes. They used the universal jurisdiction legal principle, which states that anyone can be prosecuted by a national court regardless of the location of the crime.

Was IS able to take the Yazidis hostage?

IS used to control 88,000 square kilometers (34,000 miles) of territory extending from Eastern Iraq to Western Syria, and it imposed brutal rule over almost eight million people.

IS militants invaded Iraq’s northern Sinjar region in August 2014. This is where the Yazidi religious minority lives.

Many Yazidi villages had their population rounded up. The population was separated into male and female groups for those over 14 years. They then took the men away, shot them and abducted the women as “spoils”.

Some Yazidi women and girls who escaped captivity later described how they were sold openly or given as gifts to IS members. These women were regularly and brutally raped over long periods of time, sometimes by multiple men.

IS is thought to have captured more than 6,060 Yazidis, and killed over 3,000 of them.

Unitad, an UN investigator team charged with investigating the atrocities of IS in Iraq, stated that it had “clear evidence to show genocide” [IS]The Yazidis are a religion group that is opposed to

Unitad has begun to prepare case files in order to assist national authorities with prosecuting IS members for their international crimes.

Source: BBC.com

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