German prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old ISIS bride with the murder of a 5-year-old ‘slave’ girl. The German national, named in the media as Jennifer W., traveled to Syria in 2014, where she and her husband bought the little girl as a slave.

The helpless child was chained by the Woman’s husband and left to die of thirst in the desert heat for the “crime” of wetting her mattress, German authorities say. “The accused did not stop her husband and did nothing to save the girl,” an investigator said. The identity of the man has not been revealed.

According to the German Public Prosecutor General, she showed no repentance and vowed to return back to Syria to serve the Islamic State.

Jennifer W. is the first woman to be prosecuted for ISIS war crimes in Germany, the newspaper Die Welt said. She also served in the ISIS ‘moral police’, an armed outfit that carried out public lashings and torture of women who failed to comply with group’s Sharia regulations.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the details of the court proceedings:

A former member of the “Islamic State” (IS) group is facing war crimes charges in Germany over the death of a child, German prosecutors said on Friday.

Authorities said that Jennifer W. and her husband, also a jihadi, bought a 5-year-old girl as a household slave in 2015.

“After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die of thirst in the scorching heat,” they said in a statement.

“The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl.”

Months after the child’s death, Jennifer W. traveled to Ankara to apply for new identity papers at the German embassy. However, she was arrested by Turkish security services upon leaving the building, and extradited to her home country.

She was initially allowed to return to her home in northwest Germany. However, her “declared goal” has been to travel back to IS-controlled territory, prosecutors said.

The news comes as Chancellor Merkel’s government is undertaking a diplomatic efforts to bring back 35 ISIS fighters and their families held in Kurdish prisons, Die Welt reported last month.

The German intelligence agency has repeatedly warned the government not to bring back ISIS fighters and their families over to Germany. “There are children who have been brainwashed and highly radicalized at ‘schools’ in IS-held areas,” the outgoing  German intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said last year. Many of these women “had become so radicalized and identify so deeply with IS-ideology that, by all accounts, they must also be identified as jihadis,” he added.

These warnings have fallen on deaf ears. The senior government officials have justified these repatriations citing “humanitarian considerations and Germany’s duty to protect its citizens.”

The case of Jennifer W. is a scathing indictment of Chancellor Merkel’s handling of the returning ISIS war criminals. Out of 960 German nationals who traveled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic Caliphate, over three hundred have returned home. Only handful of these war criminals have faced any kind of interrogation or detention in the country, German weekly Der Spiegel disclosed earlier this year.

The incident also puts the spot light on the genocidal crimes committed by the Islamic State against the Yazidis, Assyrian Christians and Kurdish people. So far, over 200 mass graves containing the remains of some 12,000 men, women and children have been uncovered in Iraq. Thousands still remain unaccounted for after Islamic State’s three-year reign in Iraq that ended in December 2017. With conflict still raging in Syria, the full extent of the Islamist war crimes is yet to be ascertained.

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