A German woman accused of joining ISIS and committing war crimes, including as accomplice to the murder of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl she is alleged to have bought as a slave, has gone on trial in Germany.
The woman, identified only as Jennifer W. because of German privacy laws, did not react on Tuesday as a judge in the court in Munich read out the list of crimes she is accused of: membership of a terrorist organization, weapons violation, murder and, specifically, murder as a war crime.
If convicted, the 27-year old faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
According to the indictment, Jennifer W. is believed to have left her home in Lower Saxony in August 2014 and volunteered to join the ISIS women’s “morality police.” She was allegedly given a weapon and a monthly salary, according to the prosecutor.
The indictment further alleges that in 2015 she and her husband, an ISIS fighter, purchased a Yazidi woman and her five-year-old daughter as slaves, before leaving the child chained up outside in scorching temperatures to die.
The girl’s mother, identified as Nora B. in court documents, now lives in Germany and is one of the co-plaintiffs who will testify at the trial. She is represented by noted human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, who also represents Yazidi activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nadia Murad.