IRAQ: 19 Russian women handed life sentences for joining ISIL

A court in Baghdad sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in the country. A Central Criminal Court ruling determined on Sunday the Russian women were guilty of “joining and supporting” ISIL, AFP news agency reported.

The women, many accompanied by their children, addressed the court through a translator – a Russian -language professor at Baghdad University hired by the Russian embassy. A Russian diplomat at the hearing said the families of the women will be contacted and “informed of the verdict”. Another six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also given life sentences.