Islamic State arrests three of its own jihadists in Raqqa on corruption charges

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa – The Islamic State (ISIS) arrested three of its own jihadists on Wednesday, charging them with corruption and rule-breaking. The three men were members of the ISIS-led Department of Public Services in Raqqa city, known as the Diwan al-Khadamat.

The extremist group claimed that the arrestees had colluded in the theft of thousands of dollars from the Diwan al-Khadamat and haven’t performed their duties “as assigned to them by the Caliphate’s leadership.”

“Abu Hassan Kahreba, Abu Mahmoud and Abu Salem Awejan were taken into ISIS custody in Raqqa for stealing and refusing to follow the Caliphate’s rules,” media activist Khaled al-Omar told ARA News, citing an official from the ISIS-led Sharia Court.

The city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, serves as a de facto capital for the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Caliphate.

Al-Omar reasoned that “ISIS is trying to show the people of Raqqa that anyone who violates the group’s rules will be punished, even if the perpetrator is one of their own jihadists.”

Islamic State’s Internal Crack Down

Wednesday’s arraignment is not the first time that ISIS has punished its own members for corruption. In March 2016, the extremist group executed three of its own militants in Deir ez-Zor Governorate on similar charges.

The three militants, a Tunisian and two Algerians, were publicly executed, after they were convicted of bribery, extortion and exploiting their office for personal gain. The expats were members of the ISIS-led Islamic Police in al-Mayadeen city.

“The dead bodies of the three jihadists were crucified near the al-Baloum square in central al-Mayadeen on Monday evening,” rights activist Anass Jabir then told ARA News.

Jabir, who personally witnessed the execution, said that an ISIS Sharia official read a statement before the execution was carried out, accusing the three foreign jihadists of “robbery.”

“The Sharia Court convicted the three militants of corruption for receiving bribes from local people in al-Mayadeen,” Jabir explained. “The ISIS-linked Sharia Court insisted that the bodies of the three militants will remain crucified for three days, in a bid to terrorize its members.”

Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa | Source: ARA News

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