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Extremist's wife sentenced in Germany for enslaving Yazidi girl



Presiding judge Norbert Sakuth is pictured before the start of the trial of Omaima A., wife of late rapper and ISIS extremist Denis Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, on October 2nd. Omaima A. was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for having taken part in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl in Syria. [Georg Wendt/POOL/AFP]

A German court on Friday (October 2nd) sentenced the wife of a rapper-turned-extremist to three and a half years in prison for having taken part in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl in Syria.

Named by the court as Omaima A., 36, the German-Tunisian woman was found guilty of belonging to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) by a regional court in Hamburg.

The judges also found her in violation of her duty as a mother by taking her three small children to a war zone, and of a war weapons control act for use of a Kalashnikov rifle.

Early in 2015, the woman and her three children joined her first husband in ISIS-controlled areas in Syria.

After his death, she married a notorious Berlin gangster rapper who had joined the ranks of the terror group.

The rapper Denis Cuspert, better known under his pseudonym "Deso Dogg", had joined ISIS in 2014. According to media reports, he was killed in an airstrike in 2018 in Syria.

The judges found the defendant to be complicit in the enslavement of a 13-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority community.

In the trial, Omaima A. said that she "made a serious mistake five years ago", public broadcaster NDR reported, when she joined her first husband in al-Raqa, then the capital of ISIS in Syria.

She claimed that the Yazidi girl was a "guest" in their house.

"I apologise to her for not having been able to help her," the woman said.

But the public prosecutor's office said that she had never truly broken with the extremist group.

Her lawyer argued that she had been content to maintain the home and look after her children without supporting the militant actions of her two husbands.

Two other trials are being held in Germany in connection with abuses committed against the Yazidis.

A German woman has been in the dock since April 2019 for war crimes and murder, accused of having left a five-year-old Yazidi girl dying of thirst in Iraq.

Linked to the same crime, an Iraqi man has been on trial since last April in Frankfurt for murder and genocide, reportedly unprecedented against a member of ISIS.

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