A German teenager who fled her home to become a “ISIS bride” in Iraq is to stand trial for her activities with the group. After running away from her home in Dresden, East Germany, last summer to join ISIS in Iraq, a German teenager — Linda Wenzel — is to stand trial in the country’s courts, and could face the death penalty.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Associated Press the 16-year-old, currently held in a Baghdad prison, was “accountable for [her] actions” — especially as she may have been involved in criminal activity that amounted to “killing innocent people.”
Linda was captured by Iraqi forces in the basement of a home in Mosul in July, during an offensive aimed at driving the extremist group from the city. She along with four other women were armed with weapons and suicide bomber belts, ready to blow up the advancing army.
She is accused of working with ISIS’s “police force” and carrying out terrorist attacks and is one of over many women being detained for their activities during Daesh’s three-year reign of terror in the country.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry were previously said to be working on returning the teen and three other German women who were caught in Iraq, but there is no extradition treaty in place between the two countries, and Iraqi officials have indicated they wish for her and other foreign converts to be tried in the country’s own courts.
Capital punishment is banned under German law — if she was tried at home, she’d face a prison term of up to 10 years — but very much in place in Iraq.