Iraqi Court Sentences French Woman To Life For Joining IS

Daesh members with flags

Daesh members with flags. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An Iraqi court has sentenced a French woman to life in prison for membership in the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Melina Boughedir, a mother of four, was initially sentenced to six months in prison for entering the country illegally.

However, the court ordered a retrial after prosecutors presented new evidence, including photos of her French husband posing with IS fighters.

On June 3, Boughedir, 27, was found guilty of belonging to IS and handed a life sentence — which in Iraq is equivalent to 20 years.

The verdict can be appealed.

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