• Iraq, Shiite militias occupy the Yazidi city of Sinjar

  • Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad


October 25, 2021 This could be the first trial on ISIS crimes against a member of a religious minority: a violence that not even the defendant's lawyer, Jennifer W., denied during the trial.

In 2015, the German woman - 'Isis bride' - had returned to Germany from Iraq but did nothing to save a 5-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority, chained to the sun in broad daylight, and left to die of thirst by her ex husband of the woman (also currently on trial but in Frankfurt).

Jennifer W., 30 at the time, was found guilty of belonging to a terrorist association abroad, collaborating in attempted murder, war crimes and enslavement resulting in a death, with the sentence from Munich Court of Appeal to 10 years in prison.

The child's mother was also there during the reading of the sentence in the courtroom, which appeared as a civil party. Among the motivations of the judge, Joachim Baieri, the accused "should have imagined that under the sun the child would have risked dying: but he did nothing to help her".

The judicial affair that began in 2019

The trial, which began two years ago, caused a certain uproar, also for the role of Amal Clooney who represented the mother of the child, without ever appearing in the courtroom.

Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner, also intervened on the sentence: "Every survivor with whom I have spoken expects the same thing: that the executioners answer for their crimes against the Yazidis, in particular against women and children".