A German woman who married an ISIS fighter and aided the terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.
Jennifer Wenisch, 30, was convicted of crimes against humanity for letting a 5-year-old Yazidi girl die of thirst in the blazing Iraqi desert, the Washington Post reported.
Wenisch and her husband, Taha al-Jumailly, purchased the girl and her mother as slaves after ISIS overran northern Iraq and Syria in 2014 and 2015, according to the Post. The extremists massacred thousands of Yazidi men while enslaving women and children. Al-Jumailly is on trial in Frankfurt.
One day in August 2015, al-Jumailly became angry with the girl for whining and peeing her bed, CNN reported. He chained the girl up and made her suffer outside in the desert.
Wenisch asked her husband to do something to stop the girl from dying, but he did nothing, and Wenisch took no action to save the girl, according to CNN.
The child’s mother testified for 11 days in Munich, CNN reported. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney was part of her team of attorneys.
German law allows certain crimes against humanity to be prosecuted in the country, no matter where they occurred.
Wenisch was formally convicted of membership in a terrorist organization abroad, aiding and abetting attempted murder, attempted war crimes and crimes against humanity. It’s believed to be the first trial in the world where an ISIS member was punished for crimes against the Yazidi people.
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