Death penalty handed down to Turkish women for Islamic State links

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"The convicted women had confessed during the investigation they joined ISIS, marrying ISIS members and providing logistical aid to the group", Judge Abdul Sattar al-Beeraqdar was quoted as saying by CNN. Daesh is the acronym for the Arabic name of the terrorist group.

Iraq has handed over to Russian Federation four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the group, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that they were "tricked" into joining the militants.

One woman said she had taken part in battles against Iraqi coalition forces as they advanced on Isis' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul past year.

Iraq has detained at least 560 women and 600 children identified as militants or relatives of ISIS militants. Estimates suggest that there are 20,000 people held in custody in Iraq over IS ties, but there is no official number.

On Sunday, the Iraqi court sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for involvement with ISIS, a judiciary spokesperson announced.

In January, a court sentenced a German woman to death on charges of providing logistical support to IS, and a Turkish woman was earlier this month also handed the death penalty.

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A German woman was sentenced to death last month for belonging to the group and a Russian fighter was also sentenced to death in Iraq a year ago for joining the hardline group.

In December, the Iraqi authorities declared a full victory over the group, which captured almost one-third of the country's territory in 2014.

Human rights organizations and observers contend that the legal process in Iraq is not fair.

Separately, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said in early February they had detained some 4,000 suspected ISIS members, including foreigners.

"Iraq's security forces are marginalizing thousands of families of ISIS suspects by depriving them of the basic documents they need to rebuild their lives", said HRW's deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih.

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