A Munich court on Monday sentenced a German ISIS woman to 10 years in prison for letting a Yazidi girl die of thirst in Iraq.
Jennifer Fenech, 30, was convicted of a “crime against humanity that led to death” and of belonging to a terrorist organization, in the world’s first trial for a war crime against the Yazidis, the Kurdish-speaking minority in northern Iraq, who were persecuted by the terrorist organization ISIS.
There was no reaction from the young woman when the verdict was pronounced, which was less severe than the life sentence demanded by the Public Prosecution.
“You should have known from the start that a child chained under the scorching sun would be doomed to death,” said court president Reinhold Baer. But the judges also acknowledged that the former ISIS woman “had only limited possibilities to end the enslavement” of the victims, according to a statement issued by the court.
– She was thirsty
In the summer of 2015, she and her then-husband, Taha al-Jumaili, who was being tried in Frankfurt on similar charges, bought a five-year-old girl and her mother from the captives of the Yazidi minority in order to enslave them.
The mother of the child, the main witness in the Munich and Frankfurt trials, who now lives in hiding in Germany, provided the story of the abuse she suffered.
After being constantly abused, the girl was “punished” for urinating on her bed, and then Al-Jumaili tied her to a window outside the house in temperatures of fifty degrees Celsius. The girl died of thirst while her mother was forced to remain in the service of the spouses.
It is noteworthy that Turkish security services took Fenech to Germany after arresting her in January 2016 in Ankara.
But she was not detained until June 2018, after she was arrested while trying to go with her two-year-old daughter to areas still controlled by ISIS in Syria.
During this trip, she told her driver about her life in Iraq, but the latter was actually an FBI informant driving a car fitted with listening devices. The prosecution used these recordings to charge her.