Friday 19 October, 2018

Gov't yet to verify reports of woman sentenced to death in Iraq

The government has still been unable to verify reports claiming that a Trinidadian woman has been sentenced to death in Iraq for having links to terrorist organisation ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ).

Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, however, says everything is being done to determine if the reports are indeed true.

On Wednesday, reports carried by several Arab and international media outlets stated that a Trinidadian woman was one of six women sentenced to death due to their affiliation with ISIS.

No other information was given on the local woman and her name was not revealed.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said on Wednesday that he was not aware of the matter.

Responding to an Urgent Question from Opposition Senator Wade Mark during the sitting of the Senate on Friday, Dillon was unable to provide any further information.

"The government is not currently in a position to provide any other additional comment on this issue," Dillon said.

"However the government has in fact reached out to international partners to verify the veracity of such reports and we await such information."

Dillon was also unable to state when the government would be able to provide any further information.

"One cannot set a time because that is all based on the information coming from our international partners to whom we have made such requests," he said.



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