A Dutch court convicts a 32-year-old woman and sentences her to six years’ imprisonment for involvement in war crimes committed by the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq.
In the groundbreaking conviction, The Hague District Court rules that Islamic State is a criminal organization with the aim of committing war crimes and convicts the woman of involvement in the war crimes for spreading IS propaganda from her home near Amsterdam.
The woman’s sentence is double the three years originally demanded by prosecutors, with judges saying the sentence request was “far too low” even though the defendant suffers from what the court calls a “psychological impulse disorder.”
The woman, whose name has not been released in line with Dutch privacy rules, distributed large amounts of IS propaganda via the Telegram messaging app in 2019.
She shared two videos of prisoners of war being killed and provided her own “humiliating” commentary for one of the executions. By doing so, “she abused the personal dignity of the deceased people and that is a war crime,” the court says.
It adds that she incited others to commit terrorist crimes and war crimes, trained herself and others to make bomb vests and sent money to people involved in terrorist activities.
Spreading propaganda makes her “part of this terrorist organization that is guilty around the world of attacks and spreading fear,” the court says in a statement.
As well as the six-year sentence, she has been ordered to undergo compulsory psychological treatment.