Omaima A.

19.03.2021 ( Last modified: 04.04.2022 )
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Facts

Omaima A. is a German-Tunisian national. She traveled in January 2015, with her three underage children, from Turkey to Syria to settle there. By taking care of the household and children, she enabled her husband to participate in the hostilities as a fighter. Between spring and summer 2015 Omaima A. held a 13-year-old Yazidi girl, who was entrusted to her by a friend, as a slave.

 

Procedure

On 2 October 2020, the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg found the German-Tunisian citizen Omaima A. guilty of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, crime against humanity by enslavement, breach of duty of care or upbringing, unlawful imprisonment and breaches of the Military Weapons Control Act. She was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.

On 9 March 2021, the Federal Court of Justice dismissed the appeal against the judgment of 2 October 2020. Later that same month, the Hamburg Prosecutor General issued another indictment against Omaima A., charging her with aiding and abetting slavery in 2016, which had not yet been tried in court.

On 22 July 2021, the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg found her guilty of aiding and abetting a crime against humanity by enslavement in conjunction with deprivation of liberty. She was sentenced to four years in prison. This sentence encompasses the prison term from the sentence of 2 October 2020.

 

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