Two French nationals recently put on trial in Iraq for their ties to Daesh (ISIS) told the court they were tortured in custody and beaten into confessing, but the presiding judge showed little interest in verifying either claim and already sentenced one of the defendants to death, ONA reports citing Human Rights Watch.
Another French national, who faced court on 27 May, told the judge about the alleged torture and showed marks on his body, but the judge did not ask for details on when he had been tortured or by whom, only ordering a medical examination. The defendant is now set to be brought back to court on Sunday, the watchdog added.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the two men are a part of a group of around 280 suspected Daesh militants, which includes at least 11 French citizens who were transferred from Syria to Iraq by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces a few months back. An Iraqi court already passed death sentences for seven French nationals from this group from 26-29 May.