Lebanon court adjourns trial of Daesh chief Baghdadi’s ex-wife

Published November 18th, 2015 - 02:01 GMT

Lebanon's Military Tribunal adjourned Wednesday the trial of ISIS (Daesh) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Iraqi national Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi was in court with her youngest child Youssef as her lawyer Hanna Geagea demanded more time to study the case.

The court approved his request and adjourned the trial to Dec. 28 as the head of the Military Tribunal Judge Khalil Ibrahim tasked social services with finding child-care institution to take in her four children.

Dulaimi is standing trial on charges of belonging to an armed militant organization with the intent of carrying out an attack. Her last trial session in July was adjourned because she had no attorney.

The defendant is currently residing with her four children, twins Ousama and Omar, 9; Hajar, 7; and four-month-old Youssef, at Baabda's Women prison.

Dulaimi and her Palestinian husband, Kamal Khalaf, were arrested in December 2014 along with her daughter Hajar, who was fathered by Baghdadi.

She was detained in north Lebanon after she was found to be carrying a fake passport, according to officials.

Dulaimi delivered Youssef, Khalaf’s child, while in custody.

A media report said Tuesday that the suspect has expressed readiness to cooperate with authorities over the country's security problems.

"Let them tell me how I can help them in terms of security and in the case of the abducted [Lebanese] servicemen, and I am ready to cooperate," her lawyer quoted her as saying, according to Al-Akhbar newspaper reported.

Twenty-five Lebanese servicemen have been held captive by extremist groups ISIS and the Nusra Front in the country's northeast for more than a year. Dulaimi has been seen as a potential bargaining chip in negotiations for their release.

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