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Over 500 foreign ISIS men ‘convicted’ in Iraq

The Iraqi judiciary has tried and sentenced more than 500 foreigners since the start of 2018 for joining ISIS, the country’s Supreme Court announced on Wednesday.

It said: “514 verdicts were issued, for both men and women, while another 202 accused are still being interrogated and 44 are still being tried.” Another 11 were acquitted and released, it said. The statement referred to “different nationalities” but did not list any specific countries.

It said interrogations were taking about six months for those simply accused of ISIS membership, but anyone accused of actively taking part in the militant group’s operations could be questioned for up to a year.

Iraq declared victory over ISIS in late 2017 and began trying foreigners accused of joining the militant faction the following year.

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