ISIS publicly beheads Belgian jihadi on charges of ‘high treason’

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ARA News

ERBIL – The Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group executed Friday one of its own jihadis in Syria’s eastern city of Deir ez-Zor. 

A Belgian member of ISIS was convicted of ‘high treason’ for attempting dissidence and trying to escape the group’s territory without permission. 

In front of hundreds of people, the Belgian jihadi was beheaded in central Deir ez-Zor on Friday evening.

An activist from the campaign “Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently”, which documents daily incidents in the ISIS-held eastern Syrian province, told ARA News that the man was arrested last week while trying to escape Deir ez-Zor. 

“After interrogations, ISIS accused the Belgian man of attempting dissidence and convicted him of high treason,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

“The group beheaded him after a Sharia official read a statement to the public, explaining the background of his case and how he tried to escape his duty of fighting the enemies of the Caliphate,” the local activist told ARA News.

More than 180 Belgian nationals are believed to have joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq over the past two years. 

Reporting by: Salar Qassim 

Source: ARA News

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