Iraq sentences all 11 French ISIS suspects to death
A Baghdad court on Monday (June 3rd) sentenced to death two more French nationals for belonging to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), leaving all 11 Frenchmen transferred from Syria facing the gallows in Iraq, AFP reported.
Bilel Kabaoui, 32, and Mourad Delhomme, 41, join nine other French citizens and a Tunisian national already on death row after trials over the past week. They have 30 days to appeal the sentences.
Iraq has sentenced more than 500 suspected foreign members of ISIS since the start of 2018.
Its courts have condemned many to life in prison and others to death, although no foreign ISIS members have yet been executed.
Iraqi law provides for the death penalty, which is carried out by hanging, for anyone joining a "terrorist group" -- even those who did not take up arms.
France has long insisted its adult citizens captured in Iraq or Syria must face trial before local courts, while stressing its opposition to capital punishment.
French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye reiterated Sunday that officials were intervening "at the highest level" in the cases.