Today’s trial was scheduled for a German mother who was accused of keeping a young Yazidi girl as a slave while she travelled to Iraq to join Islamic State (IS).
The woman, 37 years old, is accused of being a terrorist group member for more than 4 years and is facing charges including crimes against humanity as well as aiding and abetting the genocide.
Prosecutors claim she fled Germany in December 2014 with her husband and lived in various places in Syria until moving to Mosul, Iraq.
She is believed to have been able to fulfill the IS role of wife – managing the household and raising their daughters who were born in 2015 & 2018, respectively – but her husband was a fighter doctor.
The accused, who cannot be identified due to German law, allegedly lived in a house that had its legal residents fled from .
According to some reports, they set up a reception center for single female members of IS.
According to some reports, the husband and wife not only provided food and accommodation for the wives but also helped them with divorce proceedings or marriages.
Prosecutors claim that they also had a large amount of explosives and weapons in their home, including assault rifles and hand grenades.
The woman’s husband, a 22-year old Yazidi woman, allegedly brought her into their home in April 2016 as a slave.
It is believed that she was previously captured by IS members during the raid on her village in the Sindjar area in August 2014.
She was allegedly made slave by IS members and forced to perform household chores and have sex.
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According to the woman, she was required to cook, clean, care for the animals, feed her daughters, and change their nappies every night.
With the knowledge of the accused, the husband allegedly raped and beat Yazidi women regularly.
According to some reports, the accused helped her slave escape.
She is also accused of taking the woman’s black clothes which prevented her from leaving the house in IS territory.
The Kurdish forces allegedly took the accused, her husband and both daughters, as well as the Yazidi woman, into custody on 8 March 2019. This was allegedly during the escape from Baghuz, the last IS stronghold in Syria.
The husband of the Yazidi woman allegedly told her, while she was attempting to escape, that she was “free”.
The accused and her daughters were held captive by Kurdish forces in Syria since then.
She was detained on 31 March 2022 as she attempted to re-enter Germany.
On Wednesday, she was scheduled to appear in court in Koblenz for a trial that is expected to last at most several weeks.