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France to 'intervene' if nationals sentenced in Iraq and Syria for joining ISIL

The announcement came just days after a captured German ISIL member was executed by Iraqi authorities

Damage caused in Mosul, Iraq by extremists from the Isil. Reuters
Damage caused in Mosul, Iraq by extremists from the Isil. Reuters

France said on Sunday it "will intervene" in cases of its nationals sentenced to death in Iraq and Syria for belonging to jihadist organisations.

"Of course if there was a question of the death penalty, the French state will intervene," justice minister Nicole Belloubet told a host of French media outlets.

Pressed on what this meant, Ms Belloubet said France would "negotiate with the state in question... on a case by case basis".

An Iraqi court sparked controversy last week after condemning to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to ISIL.

The group has carried out scores of atrocities in Iraq and Syria since proclaiming a "caliphate" there in 2014 and has also been behind a string of attacks in Europe, including the 2015 Paris carnage that left 130 people dead.

Several dozen French nationals are believed to currently be held in detention in Iraq and Syria after an international military coalition rolled back the militants' advances.

French public prosecutor Francois Molins said earlier this month that an estimated 676 French nationals, including 295 women, were in the Iraq-Syria region.


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Updated: January 29, 2018 08:57 AM