ERBIL — A sixteen-year-old German teenager who joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq could face death penalty, according to German diplomats.
The German authorities are currently trying to get Lina Wenzel back to her home country, where she could spend a decade in prison, but would be saved from facing the death penalty in Iraq, Kurdistan24 reported.
Wenzel was arrested by the Iraqi security forces after they discovered a group of 20 female IS supporters from various countries, hiding inside an underground tunnel in Mosul.
The girl converted to Islam after she was allegedly groomed by the IS militants on the social media. She was reported missing by her family in July last year, as her parents were desperately trying to find her after her unexpected disappearance.
After her arrest in Mosul, Wenzel could face a trial in Iraq for her crimes, or be deported back to Germany based on her foreign nationality and age.
However, if the girl is brought to justice in Iraq, she could be issued a death sentence, which would come in force after she turns twenty-two-years of age. Until any decision is made, Wenzel together with three other German women will remain detained in Baghdad, awaiting prosecution.