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The Frankfurt regional high court sentenced an Iraqi jihadist to life imprisonment for “genocide” against the Yazidi minority. The verdict marks an important step in the recognition of the abuses committed by ISIS.

German justice condemned on November 30 to life imprisonment an Iraqi jihadist for “genocide” of the Yazidi minority. This is a first in the world and a crucial verdict for the recognition of the atrocities committed against this Kurdish-speaking community by Daesh. It is indeed the first time that a court has held that these massacres fall within the scope of “genocide”, already recognized as such by UN investigators.

The judges of the high regional court of Frankfurt found Taha Al-Jumailly, 29, “guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity resulting in death, war crimes and complicity in war crimes” in particular. The reading of the verdict was briefly interrupted after the convict lost consciousness.

Taha Al-Jumailly, who had joined the ranks of Daesh in 2013, was found guilty of having, during the summer of 2015 in Fallujah (Iraq), left to die of thirst a five-year-old Yazidi girl he had ” bought as a slave “with her mother, according to the prosecution. For this crime, his ex-wife Jennifer Wenisch, 30, was already sentenced to ten years in prison last month for “crimes against humanity resulting in the death” of the child.

“A historic day for humanity”

This verdict was eagerly awaited by the now decimated community. “Today is a historic day for humanity. The genocide of the Yazidis is finally entering the history of international criminal law ”, declared, quoted by AFP, Natia Navrouzov, lawyer and member of the NGO Yazda, which gathers the evidence of the crimes committed by Daesh against the Yazidis. “We will ensure that more trials like this take place,” she added. Amnesty International also welcomed in this verdict “a signal against impunity” which “lays the foundations for other trials”.

The mother of the little girl, Nora B., told the bar the ordeal endured by her child, “tied to a window” outside the house in temperatures “up to 50 degrees”, according to the floor. Nora B. also testified that she was repeatedly raped by Daesh jihadists after they invaded her village in the Sinjar Mountains, in northwestern Iraq, in August 2014.

The mother was represented by three lawyers, including the Lebanese-Briton Amal Clooney. She is at the head, with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad (former sex slave of Daesh and from the same village as the victim), of a campaign to have these crimes recognized as genocide.

Evidence of “genocide”

The Yazidi ethno-religious minority has been particularly persecuted by Daesh, which has reduced its women to sexual slavery and killed men by the hundreds.

To try this Iraqi, arrested in Greece in 2019, Germany applies the principle of “universal jurisdiction”, which allows a state to prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious offenses even when they were committed outside the national territory. This trial therefore sends “a clear message”: “No matter where the crimes were committed and no matter where the perpetrators are, thanks to universal jurisdiction, they cannot hide,” insisted lawyer Natia Navrouzov.

Germany, where a large Yazidi diaspora lives, is one of the few countries to have taken legal action against the atrocities committed by Daesh against this minority. With this judgment, the German justice has already pronounced six convictions for crimes against humanity or complicity in crimes against humanity for facts related to the Yazidis.

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