Germany issues arrest warrant against ISIS leader for war crimes


Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

ARA News

The German Attorney-General has issued an international arrest warrant against an ISIS leader for committing war crimes and genocide against religious Yezidi minority in August 2014.

The German newspaper Die Welt reports that the ISIS leader was responsible for the abduction of thousands of Yezidi women. The German authorities are increasing their fight against war criminals.

The Federal Criminal Police Office managed to identify the high-ranking ISIS commander through interrogation of Yezidi victims.

“We have a little more hope of solving war crimes that ISIS perpetrated on Yazidi territory in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq – over 1,000 Yazidis have come to Germany, some of whom we have questioned,” Germany’s top federal prosecutor Peter Frank told Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“So we have direct accounts of what happened there. On this point we are doing a ‘structural investigation’ to determine what crimes against international law have been committed,” he said.

The German State Security Unit 24, specialized in war crimes, is currently investigating more then 20 people for war crimes, including members of ISIS, and members of the Syrian government led by president Bashar al-Assad.

The enslavement of Yezidi women and girls are part of its investigations against war criminals.

On 7 February, the 31-year old Syrian Akram S. was arrested in the town of Vorpommern-Greifswald on accusations that he raped women as head of an ISIS checkpoint and prevented civilians from leaving ISIS territory.

The German government has assisted the Yezidis after they faced genocide by ISIS in August 2014.

The German state of Baden-Wurttemberg has allocated 95 million euros for the psychological treatment of 2,500 Yezidi women and children who escaped ISIS.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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