ISIS Throws Man Accused of Being Gay Off Building in Iraq

Graphic photos posted on jihadist website show man falling three storeys; execution follows stoning to death of two 'gay' men by Islamic State in November.

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Screenshot of ISIS militants throwing a man accused of being gay off a building in Iraq.
Screenshot of ISIS militants throwing a man accused of being gay off a building in Iraq.

A man accused of being homosexual was thrown off a three-storey building by members of Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Graphic photos released on Wednesday by the jihadist group show the man falling to the ground after reportedly being sentenced to death for engaging in homosexual sex. The execution is believed to have taken place in northern Iraq, The Times reported.

One photo shows a group of men in balaclavas reading out a statement, which was published together with the photos: “The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city”.

Another photo then depicts the man falling from the rooftop, with at least eight men visible on the roof.

It is not clear whether the victim died from the fall or was stoned to death afterward. Another photo released by ISIS shows the man’s body surrounded by bricks.

In November, ISIS jihadists stoned two Syrian men to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The first man, 20, was killed in Mayadeen, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, AFP reported. A second man, 18, was stoned to death in Deir Al-Zor.

ISIS claimed it had found videos on the first man's cellphone, in which he was "practicing indecent acts with males," according to the report. ISIS also accused the second man of being gay without specifying the basis for its allegations.

ISIS, which rules over wide swathes of Syria and Iraq, is notorious for executing Western journalists, aid workers, Syrian soldiers and other opponents, and then releasing gruesome videos depicting their beheadings. A propaganda video released in November portrayed the brutal execution of 22 Syrian soldiers.

Screenshot of ISIS members reading out a statement condemning the 'gay' man to death before throwing him off a building in Iraq

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