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Ten years in prison for German ISIS bride in death of slave

Robert Besser
29 Oct 2021, 02:01 GMT+10

MUNICH, Germany: A German woman who became an ISIS bride, identified only as Jennifer W., was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday following the death of a 5-year-old enslaved Yazidi girl.

Munich's Higher Regional Court found Jennifer W. guilty of crimes against humanity for "enslavement resulting in the death of another," as well as for being a member of a foreign terrorist group, court spokesperson Florian Gliwitzky told CNN.

In 2015, Jennifer W's ISIS husband purchased a Yazidi woman and her five-year-old daughter as slaves.

The husband, who is facing a separate trial in Frankfurt, abused the Yazidi woman and her daughter on a daily basis, Gliwitzky said.

"The child began to wet the bed from August 2015. When it happened again, the husband tied the child with a leash and left her in the blazing sun in the yard. When Jennifer W. found the child like this, she told her husband that he had to do something or the child will die. However, she did nothing to save the child," he said.

According to a statement from her legal team, which included human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the mother of the girl, who was the trial's main witness, was in the courtroom when Jennifer W. was sentenced.

In the statement, the mother said, "It was very difficult for me to hear the verdict today. All the memories came flooding back. I am glad that after six years the German court determined that the defendant is responsible for my daughter's death, but no sentence in the world will bring her back."

During the 77-day trial, Jennifer W. denied the charges.

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