A German appeals court has sentenced a 20-year-old woman to five years in prison after finding her guilty of murdering a Yazidi girl who was left to die in the sun.
The victim, known only as Manbah, disappeared in 2016 while begging for food near a refugee camp in Iraq. Her sister later discovered that Manbah had been gang-raped and then died after being treated at a local hospital.
“[She] was defiled and sexually assaulted by several men,” the judge said. “There was no emergency care available. No one helped her, and when the men were gone she died.”
Other Yazidi women, aided by charity organizations, had filed a complaint against members of a Berlin charity. They claimed the aid group’s staff had ignored Manbah’s pleas for food and assistance.
The women argued that they were victims of sexual slavery and rape by the Islamic State, and shouldn’t have to depend on charitable support from organizations that were supposed to act on their behalf.
The trial focused on whether the charity broke the law by failing to respond to a complaint filed by Manbah’s sister. The charity denied the allegations, saying it offered help to several girls in the camp — and that neither Manbah nor the woman’s mother were among them.
The court agreed that Manbah was seen naked and begging nearby before she went missing. It ruled that the aid group broke German law because it had treated only four women instead of the required 10 in the same camp.
During a search for Manbah, a group of migrant women claimed they had been gang-raped by a security guard at the refugee camp.
“She died simply because her captivity had given her a damaged immune system,” a prosecutor said.
The journalist who reported on the case has been sentenced to seven years in prison for collaborating with the crimes.
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