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German Court Convicts Ex-Member of Islamic State for Genocide of Iraq’s Yazidi Community

HeadlineDec 01, 2021

In Germany, a Frankfurt court has convicted a former member of the Islamic State of committing genocide against Iraq’s minority Yazidi community. Taha al-Jumailly was found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life in prison. The case involved the killing of a 5-year-old girl whom al-Jumailly bought as a slave, along with her mother, in 2015 in Syria. They were then taken to the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The girl died after being chained and left in the hot sun without water. The mother survived captivity and testified at the trial. The landmark trial is the first time a person has been convicted for their role in the brutal persecution carried out by the Islamic State against the Yazidi religious minority, a Kurdish-speaking group, which the U.N. denounced as genocide.

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