Turkey: ISIS terrorist gets life sentence for killing Syrian journalist
Family and friends of the murdered Syrian activist Naji al-Jerf carry his coffin after the funeral prayer, Jan. 11, 2016 (Photo: AA)
Date: 2017-06-10 11:50
A Turkish court on Friday (June 9) handed two life sentences to a ISIS member convicted of killing Syrian activist and journalist Naji al-Jerf, Anadolu Agency reported.
A court in southeastern Gaziantep province gave Yusuf Hamed Eshverihi one life sentence for attempting to overthrow the constitutional order in relation to his links to ISIS and another for murder.
Three other suspects, Farag al-Hussein, Ali Cerkez and Reyad Matar, were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Thirty-seven-year-old al-Jerf was shot dead on Dec. 27, 2015, in Gaziantep, which is home to several thousand Syrian refugees.
Al-Jerf had been vocal about the atrocities of the Assad regime, which made him a target and forced him to flee to Turkey. Once in Turkey, he made two anti-ISIS films.
Just before his death, he was about to leave Turkey with his family for France where he had been granted asylum.
Al-Jerf was among several Syrian journalists and activists targeted by ISIS, Daily Sabah reported.
Last year, Muhammed Zahir al-Sherqat was shot dead as he was walking on the street in Gaziantep. ISIS semi-official al-Amaq news agency claimed the terrorist group carried out the attack using a gun with a silencer. Al-Sherqat worked for a channel called Aleppo Today TV that is strongly opposed to ISIS militants who have taken control of much of Syria's northern Aleppo province.
In October 2015, the terrorist group killed two Syrian journalists in Sanliurfa, also in the south, near the border. Two men, identified as Firas Hammadi and Ibrahim Abdulkadir, were working for a newspaper of Syrian activists when they were found at home with their throats cut.
The terrorist group often hunts down journalists reporting from areas they control and sometimes publicly executes them. According to a 2016 statement by Reporters Without Borders, ISIS also holds 21 professional and non-professional journalists and media contributors hostage in Iraq and Syria. The group notoriously beheaded US reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff as well as Japanese video journalist Kenji Goto in the past few years.