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In April 2019, the terrorist trial against Jennifer W. began in Munich. Now the defendant broke her silence and commented for the first time on the gruesome allegations.

Munich (dpa) – She was silent for almost two years – now the alleged IS terrorist Jennifer W. has commented for the first time on the gruesome allegations against her.

In a personal statement, her lawyer read before the higher regional court in Munich on Wednesday, she described how her husband at the time tied five-year-old Rania with a rope in the courtyard of her home in Fallujah, Iraq. . “Her hands were tied to the front of the wrists,” she said. “Of course I wanted to help her on the spot, but I didn’t know how.” She noticed it was getting warmer and the sun was getting stronger.

So she tried to persuade her husband to bring the child back into the house. But he had become aggressive and said it was none of her business. The child should have learned to “hear”. Again and again she asked him to let the girl back in. In the meantime, she has cleaned and checked the child several times. She was “shocked at how quickly her condition had deteriorated.”

Only when the little one collapsed did he run to her and untie her. As she remained lifeless, he ran out of her home and drove to a hospital. “I was shocked,” said the defendants’ statement. She was crying and could not sleep. When he returned, her husband did not say that Rania had died, the defendants’ statement said. Shortly after this event, which she called “The Day” in her statement, the couple traveled from Iraq to Turkey. From there Jennifer W. was deported to Germany; when she tried to leave the country years later, she was arrested and eventually charged.

The 29-year-old woman from Lohne, Lower Saxony, is being charged with murder by default after allegedly watching the child die of thirst without doing anything. The federal prosecutor’s office also charges her with membership in a terrorist organization abroad and war crimes. According to the charges, the girl and her mother are enslaved Yazidis, but the defendant claims to have regarded them as Muslims and to have treated them well. The Yazidis are systematically persecuted by the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). The suspect’s husband is also charged with murder at the time and is on trial in a separate trial in Frankfurt.

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