Trials of Daesh suspects

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As the area occupied by Daesh shrank human right workers and legal experts expressed concern over the trials of Daesh suspects.[1][2]

Daesh, sometimes translated as the "Islamic State", occupied large parts of both Syria and Iraq, from 2012 to 2018.[1][2] Individuals suspected to living within Daesh territory faced very harsh judgement if they fell into Iraqi custody. Iraq has an counter-terrorism law, dating back to 2004, under which a suspect can face the death penalty merely for supporting and sympathizing with a terrorist group, even if they did not play an active role in terrorism.

According to press reports, suspects tried in Iraq faced trials lasted an average of ten minutes.[1][2] They did not face detailed charges. They did not have an opportunity to meet with a defense attorney, and their only opportunity to speak was when they were asked whether they pled innocent or guilty.

Women who claimed to have ended up in Daesh territory because they obediently followed their late husbands, who asserted they never held pro-jihadist views themselves, nevertheless were issued death sentences.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Smadar Perry (2019-01-12). "ISIS wives: The lost women of war". Ynetnews.,7340,L-5444409,00.html. Retrieved 2019-10-24. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Michele Giorgio (2019-01-15). "Sham trials condemn ‘women of ISIS’ to death". Il Manifesto. Retrieved 2019-10-24. "'I don’t even know where I was,' she said. 'My husband left two days after we arrived and joined a group of militants. I did not know where he was going or for how long.'"