Iraqi court jails French and German ISIS members for life

Iraq’s Central Criminal Court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison on Monday after finding them guilty of belonging to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Judge Suhail Abdullah said he found French citizen Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, 55, and the German, Nadia Rainer Hermann, 22, guilty of joining the militant group, Reuters reported. Hermann had already been sentenced to a year in jail for entering Iraq illegally. Embassy staff and translators from both countries attended Monday’s hearing. Iraq is trying hundreds of suspected IS members, many of whom were arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled throughout the country. Hundreds of foreigners are among those detained. Around 20 foreign women, including nationals of Turkey, Germany and Azerbaijan, have been sentenced to death.