A German woman who has joined the Islamic State (IS) group was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for letting an enslaved Yezidi girl die of thirst in the sun.
During her time in Iraq Jennifer Wenisch stood there while her then-husband and ISIS fighter tied up a Yezidi girl in front of her house in the scorching heat and let her die of thirst, according to the court. The 5-year-old was handcuffed as a punishment for wetting her bed.
The child was “defenseless and helplessly exposed,” said the judge at the Munich Higher Regional Court DPA – and Wenisch did “nothing” to help.
Wenisch, who denies the allegations, has been found guilty of “two crimes against humanity in the form of enslavement” and of aiding and abetting the girl’s death through failure to provide assistance.
Wenisch’s husband is Taha al-Jumailly facing a separate trial in Frankfurt, with a verdict next month. Wenisch and al-Jumailly kept the deceased girl’s mother as a domestic slave.
The Yazidi people were a particular target of ISIS violence at the height of the terrorist group, in which thousands were killed and women and children were arrested as slaves.