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UN criticises the treatment of French jihadists in Iraq

UN criticises the treatment of French jihadists in Iraq
UN criticises the treatment of French jihadists in Iraq
Has France illegally organised the transfer of French jihadists from Syria to Iraq, where they were then sentenced to death? This is what the United Nations is asking itself today, which has just sent a letter to the French government on this subject.

From our Brussels correspondent, Wilson Fache

At the beginning of the summer, eleven French people who had joined the Islamic state group were sentenced to death in Baghdad in a trial described as unfair. In a letter to the government, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnès Callamard, deplores this transfer and these convictions as contrary to international law.

Agnès Callamard denounces the transfer, at the end of January, of these French fighters from the Islamic State group. She wondered whether France could be directly involved: "If France has been involved in these transfers, then it has violated an absolute norm of international law, which is that a State that has abolished the death penalty can under no circumstances transfer an individual to a country where the death penalty continues to be applied. Where is the justice process? Where is the truth process? »

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A response expected within 60 days

Mr. Nabil Boudi, the lawyer for some of these French nationals transferred to Iraq, hopes that this United Nations intervention will shed light on the unclear circumstances that led to the death sentences handed down to his clients:

"This intervention is interesting for us since we hope to have the official position of the French State since the government will have 60 days to respond. And if France does not reply within 60 days, Mrs Callamard's letter will become public. And we will see in this letter all the criticisms that the United Nations has levelled at the French Government. »

Mr Nabil Boudi has already indicated that he intends to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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