An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced three French citizens to death after they were found guilty of joining the Islamic State, the first IS members from France to be handed capital punishment.
They have 30 days to appeal. Captured in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kevin Gonot, Leonard Lopez and Salim Machou are the first French ISIS members to receive death sentences in Iraq. They were among at least 12 French nationals who were transferred from Syria in February.
The trio were among 13 French citizens handed over to Iraq in January by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, officials said. “They were sentenced to execution after it was proven that they were members of the terrorist Islamic State organisation,” one court official said.