French jihadists face Iraqi justice under the discreet orders of Paris

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Twelve former residents in France – eleven of them French citizens, one a Tunisian – have now been sentenced to death in Iraq for having been a member of Islamic State. But whatever charges they face, the way in which Iraqi justice is being carried out in relation to the jihadists has raised major concerns, including among many French lawyers. As Mediapart has revealed, the ides of trying these French citizens and residents in Iraq was conceived in Paris where officials want the process to be carried out “without visible involvement by France”. Matthieu Suc reports.

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On Monday June 3rd 2019 two French citizens were sentenced to death by an anti-terrorist court in Baghdad for having joined Islamic State. That brought to twelve the number of former residents of France – eleven French citizens and one Tunisian – who have been given the death penalty in Iraq in the last nine days for their role as jihadists.