German widow of IS rapper jailed on terror conviction
The 36-year-old Hamburg-born woman, who is referred to in German media reports as Omaima A., was convicted of membership of a terrorist organisation. She was also found guilty of failing to take care of her children, weapons violations and involvement in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl.
Omaima travelled to Syria with her husband in 2015, where they lived in the IS group's Syrian capital of Raqqa with their three children.
When her husband was killed in the same year, she married IS recruit Denis Cuspert, a German former rapper who performed under the stage name of Deso Dogg.
Cuspert had pledged an oath of loyalty to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was a chief recruiter of German fighters.
US officials have said the former rapper had made threats against former US President Barack Obama and US and German citizens, and had also encouraged Western Muslims to carry out IS-inspired attacks.
Cuspert, who the Pentagon initially claimed had been killed in a 2015 airstrike, was designated a “global terrorist” by the United States. The US later said he had been killed in an airstrike in 2018, by which time Omaima had already returned to Europe via Turkey.
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Omaima is the latest IS recruit to be prosecuted by Germany, which has been pursuing cases against men and women who returned home after joining IS and other extremist groups in the Middle East.