German woman sentenced over Yazidi girl’s death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alaverdin Dawod, the father of Shia Andaluz, demanded an apology from German prosecutors A German woman who was convicted of causing the death of a Yazidi girl she was…

German woman sentenced over Yazidi girl's death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alaverdin Dawod, the father of Shia Andaluz, demanded an apology from German prosecutors

A German woman who was convicted of causing the death of a Yazidi girl she was told would be killed without proper medical treatment has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Der Tagesspiegel quoted the presiding judge as saying that “the strong hope is that the ruling will help the victim’s mother and father ask for a name that is forgivable”.

The Syrian Yazidi girl, named Asiya, was found in a forest asphyxiated.

The 24-year-old, thought to be a survivor of sex slavery in Islamic State (IS) captivity, was found in Bautzen in April 2017.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The defendant was sentenced to two years and four months in prison

The woman had been told by a doctor her daughter, named for legal reasons Asiya, was only to be given paracetamol and sleeping tablets to ease back pain. She was also warned that the girl would be allowed to stop taking the medication as soon as it failed to alleviate her pain.

The girl’s father Alaverdin Dawod, who lived in Germany at the time, had been told that she would be killed “in due course” if she suffered.

The magazine said the defendant was found guilty on charges of manslaughter and negligent grievous bodily harm.

Her lawyer, Heinz-Andrek Rieder, said the guilty verdict was “no surprise”.

“What the court has found clearly involves professional negligence. We do not agree about the particulars of the case.

“We see it as a tragic situation that has occurred in a humanitarian context in which there was a lack of medical help.”

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