Iraq sentences Belgian man to death for belonging to Islamic State

An Iraqi court sentenced a Belgian man to death by hanging on Monday for being part of the Islamic State militant group, one of dozens of foreign nationals facing the death penalty in Iraq.

Iraq has put hundreds of suspected members of the ultra-hardline group on trial, many of whom were arrested as Islamic State lost a string of strongholds the Iraqi military campaigns throughout Iraq.

The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad handed Belgian national Bilal al-Marchohi, 23, the death penalty for belonging to and conducting operations on behalf of Islamic State (IS).

During an hour of proceedings, the presiding judge read out portions of Marchohi’s signed confession and showed a video and photographs that he said proved his membership of IS.

The images from a phone found in his possession at the time of his arrest showed Marchohi carrying a gun and making a hand gesture affiliated with the militants. Several pictures showed him cradling his infant son.


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