German Islamic State Convert Jailed for Death of Girl She Bought As Slave

A German woman who joined the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for allowing a Yazidi girl she and her husband "purchased" as a slave to die of thirst.

Jennifer Wenisch, 30, was sentenced at a court in Munich after being found guilty of two counts of crimes against humanity in the form of enslavement as well as aiding and abetting the 5-year-old victim's killing by failing to help her, reported the Agency France-Presse news agency.

Wenisch, along with her husband Taha al-Jumailly, are alleged to have both stood by as the girl died while being chained up outside in extreme heat. The court found the pair "purchased" a Yazidi woman and her child as slaves while living in the then ISIS-occupied Mosul in Iraq in 2015 and took them to Fallujah.

The court previously heard how the girl was left out in the blazing heat as punishment for wetting her bed as temperatures reached around 122 Fahrenheit.

"After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die an agonizing death of thirst in the scorching heat," prosecutors said during the trial.

"The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl."

Wenisch denied the allegations against her and said the child's mother, identified only as Nora, was an unreliable witness, and said there was no evidence that the girl had actually died.

The defendant also said that she was being "made an example of for everything that has happened under ISIS," reported German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Wenisch's trial is one of the first convictions in relation to ISIS persecution of the Yazidi community, a Kurdish-speaking group from northern Iraq that was particularly targeted by the militant group in Iraq and Syria.

The verdict on Wenisch's husband, whose trial has been held in Frankfurt, is expected to be heard in November, reported the BBC.

The child's mother testified during both Wenisch and al-Jumailly's trials in Germany.

After reportedly converting to Islam in 2013, Wenisch joined up with ISIS the following year in Iraq. She reportedly joined up with the group's morality police, which enforced the strict Islamic rules in Mosul and Fallujah in 2015, reported Euronews.

She was arrested in the Turkish capital of Ankara in 2016 and extradited to Germany.

The 30-year-old was tried in Germany because of a legal principle of universal law that allows war crimes and crimes against humanity to be prosecuted even if they were committed in a foreign country, AFP reported.

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Jennifer Wenisch arrives in court during her trial over her responsibility in the death of a young Yazidi girl while she was a follower of the Islamic State on October 13, 2021 in Munich, Germany. Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images