A Baghdad court has convicted the sister of the Islamic State group’s leader on terrorism charges and sentenced her to death by hanging.
The spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, said in a statement on Thursday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sister was found guilty for “offering logistic support and help to (IS militants) in carrying out criminal acts.”
Bayrkdar said the woman, whose name wasn’t released, was also found guilty of “distributing money” among IS fighters in Mosul, which was under their rule for more than three years from mid-2014.
Bayrkdar said the woman’s husband was also sentenced to death earlier as a member of IS leadership.
Iraq declared victory over IS last December, after driving the jihadists from northern and central Iraq. Hundreds of women, including foreigners, were arrested.
Al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts and the question of whether he is dead or alive have been a continuing source of mystery and confusion.
In November, a media outlet linked to the Syrian military said that he may be holed up in an IS pocket in the eastern town of Boukamal, which government forces and their allies recaptured this week before losing parts of it later.
According to various reports, he was severely wounded in an attempt on his life.