Iraqi court sentences Syrian to death for financing Islamic State

A judge in Baghdad has sentenced a Syrian national to death by hanging, finding him guilty of financing Islamic State (IS) militants.

Baghdad’s criminal court convicted the Syrian after he had made money transfers from Arab, European and African countries to the Islamic State group, Iraq’s judicial council speaker Abdul-Sattar Bairaqdar was quoted as saying in a statement.

“He was arrested during an Iraqi air force raid near the Syrian border,” the official stated, adding that the sentence was delivered based on the country’s counter-terrorism law.

Iraq has handed death sentences to those linked to IS, most notably 24 suspected members of the group convicted of the Tikrit massacre in which as many as 1,700 soldiers were killed.