Baghdadi’s Widow Sentenced to Death by Iraqi Court

An Iraqi court sentenced the first wife of the late leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to death today, according to reports from the BBC.  

The Karkh Criminal Court announced the conviction of “working with the extremist organization and detaining Yazidi women.” 

Thousands of Yazidis were killed and enslaved by ISIS during the group’s brutal reign over large parts of Iraq and Syria. 

Baghdadi died in a US raid in 2019, alongside two children when he detonated his suicide vest to avoid capture. Two other wives were killed in the shootout. 

Baghdadi’s widow, Umm Hudaifa, was detained in Turkey during the time of the raid and was extradited to Iraq in February of this year to face charges for terrorism-related crimes. 

Since 2020, a group of investigators from the Commission for International Justice and Accountability has been collecting evidence of crimes ISIS committed against Yazidi women—enslavement, trafficking, assault, rape, and torture—hoping to prosecute ISIS figures for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.