Join ISIS, Young Women Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison in Iraq

An Iraqi court sentenced a six-year jail sentence against a young German girl. The 17-year-old boy was convicted of being a member of the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An Iraqi judicial source told AFP on Tuesday (20/2/2018) that the German teenager was sentenced to five years in prison for being a member of ISIS and sentenced to one year in prison for illegally entering Iraqi territory . The teen's identity was not released to the public.

On January 21, a German woman of Moroccan descent was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court. The woman was found guilty of indictment of providing 'logistical support and assisting terrorist groups to commit crimes'.

The two Germans were among the hundreds of alleged ISIS foreigners detained by Iraqi authorities. In December 2017, Iraqi authorities declared victory over ISIS after three years of fighting.

German media reports identified the dead German woman as Lamia K. He reportedly left Mannheim in August 2014 and captured Iraqi military forces in Mosul in the final stages in July 2017.

In addition to the two men who have been convicted, there are still two other German women detained in Iraq. One of them is a teenager named Linda W who disappeared from his home in Saxony in 2016. When meeting with German journalists in Baghdad last year, Lindi claimed to regret his actions and wanted to go home to his family.

In a separate case, an alleged French militant who has been convicted seven months in prison for illegally entering Iraq, ordered to be released and deported.

Later on Sunday (18/2) local time, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for joining ISIS. The other 11 foreign women, who are the widows of the dead militants, were sentenced to life imprisonment on the same indictment.

(nvc / rna)

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Former President of South Korea Park Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Choi Soon-sil, whose friendship with former South Korean President Park Geun-hye sparked a massive corruption scandal and caused Park's fall from power, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Choi was sentenced on Tuesday / 2) in court in Seoul on charges of abuse of power, bribery and interference in state affairs. The court also charged a fine of nearly 17 million dollars against Choi.

The 62-year-old woman is accused of not only affecting but also controlling Park, even though she has no official post in government, and has used private relationships with the former president to co- large corporations to donate more than $ 68 million, which he subsequently stamped and channeled to the two nonprofits that he controlled.

Also read: Samsung Leaders Prison Sentences Suspended

The court also sentenced two-and-a-half years to Shin Dong-bin, the leader of the Lotte Group, one of South Korea's main conglomerates, on bribery charges. He was accused of donating more than $ 6 million to a foundation supported by Choi in exchange for government permission to open excise and other privileged treatments.

In a third related case, Ahn Jong-beom, former senior staffer of former president Park, was sentenced six years in prison for abuse of office. [uh]

Former Bangladeshi Leader Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges.

Zia, 72, accepted the verdict on Thursday in a court in the capital Dhaka. He was found guilty of embezzling $ 250,000 from a trust fund reserved for an orphanage during his tenure as prime minister from 2001 to 2006.

Zia's son Tarique Rahman and four others found guilty in the case were sentenced to 10 years in jail for their involvement in the crime. Zia's son lives in exile in London.

The verdict forbade Zia, the head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to run for national elections set for December. His lawyers denounced the case as politically motivated.

Thousands of Zia supporters took to the streets of Dhaka ahead of Thursday's hearing and followed a motorcade that brought Zia to court, despite riot police deployed in

Bangladesh's political stage for decades is dominated by fierce competition between Zia and current prime minister Sheikh Hasina. [uh]

Samsung Leader Prison Sentences Suspended

South Korea's Court of Appeal has suspended prison sentences imposed against billionaire heirs of Samsung Electronics giant Lee Jae-yong and ordered his immediate release from prison on Monday.

Seoul District Court initially sentenced Lee the 49-year-old was five years in prison in August for bribery in connection with the scandal that toppled the country's president Park Geun-hye.

The appeals court on Monday canceled several sentences and reduced the remaining prison sentence to two and a half years experiments.

Four other Samsung leaders who were sentenced with Lee also received a reduction in sentence, and two others previously imprisoned also suspended their sentence.

The case stems from Samsung's payout to Park's close friend Choi Soon- Sil, the payment accused by the prosecutor is intended to obtain government treatment which benefits Samsung's leader Lee Jae-yong.

Lee pleaded not guilty to allegations that he used Samsung company funds to bribe Park.

He was also found guilty of other offenses, among other things, embezzlement , money laundering, hiding assets abroad and lying to parliament. [gp]

Seoul Court Suspects Samsung's Heirs Prison Sentence

Samsung Group heir, Jay Y. Lee, freed after a South Korean appeals court on Monday (5/2), suspended prison sentences for corruption involving former president, Reuters reported. Lee was detained for one year.

Seoul High Court jailed Lee for 2.5 years, reduced the duration of sentence to half, and postponed sentences for charges, including bribery and embezzlement. That is, Lee does not have to serve a sentence.

Lee, 49, the heir of one of the world's largest corporate empires, has been in detention since February.

President Park Geun-Hye was dismissed in March last year, having been indicted due to a case that highlights the relationship between a large conglomerate family, otherwise known as chaebol in South Korea, with political leaders.

Park (19659002) Chief Judge Cheong Hyung-sik said on Monday that Lee's involvement in providing financial support to Choi was "compliance with political power passively. "

Prosecutors and Samsung did not immediately respond to the verdict. Lee, whose face looked exhausted, did not show any emotion, when the verdict was read.

Prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison law for Lee. The verdict will be filed for an appeal in the Supreme Court, according to jurists. [fw/au]