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Rapper Deso Dogg’s ISIS widow jailed for enslaving Yazidi girl

German Omaima Abdi spent a year in Syria before returning to Hamburg

Omaima Abdi was jailed for three and half years. AFP
Omaima Abdi was jailed for three and half years. AFP

The widow of rapper-turned-ISIS fighter Denis ‘Deso Dogg’ Cuspert has been jailed for three and half years for her membership of a foreign terrorist organisation and role in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl in Syria.

German-Tunisian Omaima Abdi was also convicted of possessing a Kalashnikov assault rifle and failing to care for her children.

Prosecutors at the court in Hamburg had requested a sentence of four years and 10 months.

The 36-year-old took her three children to Syria in early 2015 to live with her then husband in ISIS-controlled territory. After his death in the spring of that year she married Cuspert, who had turned his back on his rap career and converted to Islam in 2010.

Abdi left Syria in 2016 and attempted to live a quiet life in Hamburg as a translator. But her real actions in Syria were later exposed when journalist Jenan Moussa discovered Abdi’s phone, which stored photos of her carrying guns and standing with Cuspert.

 Denis Cuspert (C) - pictured in Bonn, Germany - joined ISIS in 2014 and was killed by an air strike in Syria in 2018. AFP
 Denis Cuspert (C) - pictured in Bonn, Germany - joined ISIS in 2014 and was killed by an air strike in Syria in 2018. AFP

Cuspert, who later went by the name Abu Talha Al Almani, was one of the most notorious western fighters for ISIS, having appeared in several propaganda videos including one that showed him with a man's severed head.

It is believed he arrived in ISIS territory in 2014 and was killed by an air strike in Syria in 2018.

Updated: October 2, 2020 03:18 PM

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