Italian ISIS convert defends beheadings as part of Sharia law
A 28-year-old Italian woman who joined Islamic State last year has called the self-proclaimed caliphate a “perfect country” and defended the brutal beheadings conducted by the militant group.
In a Skype interview with Corriere della Sera, Maria Giulia Sergio – dubbed ‘Lady Jihad’ by the Italian press – said the group is merely obeying Sharia law when it beheads its victims. She also claimed that the group respects human rights.
Reporters were unable to see Sergio’s face, but said they recognized her voice, thanks to wiretaps captured by Italy’s anti-terror police squad
Sergio, who changed her name to Fatima Az Zahara after converting to Islam, left for Syria last September after marrying her Albanian husband.
She immediately took up weapons training, while her husband was dispatched to an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) training camp.
The 28-year-old said she tried to persuade her parents to join the group, because it could provide them with a good life.
That coaxing was successful – her parents and sister, also Muslim converts, were taken into custody last week.
They were arrested after selling their furniture and requesting passports for “organizing a journey for terrorist ends” – a newly-introduced offense which was applied for the first time in this case.
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