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France offers to transfer detainees of ISIS in Syria for prosecution in Iraq


French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian has offered Iraqi officials to transfer ISIS detainees, including foreigners, from Syria for prosecution in Iraq, and his Iraqi counterpart, Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, said his country was interested in bringing back Iraqi elements from Syria.

After talks between the two ministers in Baghdad on Thursday, Jean-Yves Laudrian called on Iraqi officials to cooperate to try the members of the Islamic State - "and certainly French fighters" - detained in prisons inside Syrian territory, before Iraqi courts.

"Our enemy is the organization of the state. We have fought together this organization within the framework of an international alliance. This international alliance must meet in front of the new threat after the Turkish intervention in northeast Syria, and the danger of the re-emergence of the organization in Syria and Iraq."

For his part, called on the Iraqi foreign minister to "cooperate to try foreign jihadists," but his office issued a statement later saying that Iraq does not want "on its territory foreign terrorists who committed attacks outside Iraq."

Iraqi President Barham Saleh also called for international support to prevent IS from resuming its activities.

In Arbil (center of the Kurdistan region) in northern Iraq, Ludrian met with President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani, the latter said in a joint press conference that they discussed "the situation in Iraq, the future of the political process, relations between Baghdad and Erbil, and the latest developments in the region."

A picture broadcast by the Turkish media of a prison said that Kurdish fighters had released him from the ISIS detainees in the Syrian city of Tal Abyad a few days ago

A French diplomatic source said the "judicial mechanism", if formed, should allow the trial of foreign elements before Iraqi courts that follow a certain number of judicial principles.

Fourteen French nationals have already been sentenced by the Iraqi judiciary on charges of joining ISIS, including 12 Syrian Kurdish prisons transferred to Baghdad, 11 sentenced to death and three sentenced to life imprisonment.

European countries oppose the death penalty, while human rights organizations denounce "the risks of actual torture" and "no guarantees of a fair trial" in Iraq. Western governments are also trying to speed up the trial of detained detainees for fear of escaping from Kurdish jails during the military operation. Turkish in northern Syria.

Important political parties inside and outside the Iraqi parliament refuse to negotiate with the French and others to transfer their fighters to Iraqi prisons and prosecute them without Iraqi laws.

According to unofficial Iraqi sources, the French are negotiating to try fighters of other European countries in return for military and economic support, and vowed to prevent the infiltration of ISIS members again, where Iraq had offered in April to try all foreigners detained in Syria for $ 2 billion .

Source: aljazeera

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