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Teenage boy executed by ISIS for being gay

ISIS leader who had sex with him spared death

ISIS fighters push a man from a building, File Photo

ISIS fighters push a man from a building, File Photo

Islamic State fighters have executed a 15-year-old boy on charges of homosexuality, after he was found in the house of an ISIS leader.

“The boy was accused of being engaged in a homosexual relation with the prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi,” Sarai al-Din, a media activist, told Syria’s ARA News. Another source told ARA that the boy was captured in the home of al-Jazrawi.

The youth was tried in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, where he was sentenced to death by being thrown from the top of a building — a common method used by ISIS for those accused of homosexuality. “The horrific execution took place in front of a large crowd,” an eyewitness told ARA.

However, while the 15-year-old was murdered by ISIS, al-Jazrawi has been allowed to live. The Sharia Court in Deir ez-Zor had apparently demanded the death penalty for the ISIS officer, but he was instead flogged and sent to the battlefront in Iraq, where ISIS have been losing ground to a resurgent Iraqi army.

“Abu Zaid was forced to leave Syria and join the fighting fronts in northwestern Iraq. The decision has been taken by the ISIS leadership,” al-Din said.

ISIS, also known as ISIL, IS, Daesh, and Islamic State, have murdered dozens of men since their brutal regime took over parts of Syria and Iraq. Men are often accused of homosexuality without any substantive evidence, before being thrown from buildings, stoned to death, or a mixture of the two.

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