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Dutch court convicts ISIS militant of committing war crimes

Oussama Achraf Akhlafa
Oussama Achraf Akhlafa

Dutch judges on Tuesday convicted an ISIS militant of war crimes in Iraq and Syria and sentenced him to 7-1/2 years in prison after he posed with a crucified body and shared images of dead victims online.

Dutch-born Oussama Achraf Akhlafa, 24, was found guilty of membership in a terrorist organization. He fought alongside ISIS militants in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria between 2014 and 2016.

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 7 years and 8 months.

The court said Akhlafa had posed smiling next to the crucified body of a man who had been executed by ISIS and had posted the picture on Facebook.

"He violated the personal dignity of the deceased, thereby breaching the Geneva Convention," the court said, in a reference to the treaties protecting the rights of war victims.

Akhlafa was tried under so-called universal jurisdiction, which enables war crimes to be prosecuted regardless of where they were committed, in the first trial in the Netherlands dealing with war crimes committed by an ISIS militant.

A second defendant, Dutch-born Reda Nidalha, 24, was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison for membership in a terrorist organization.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 24 July 2019 07:14 PM
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