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IS Releases Images Of Man Killed For Being Gay

Islamic State militants prepare to throw a man from a high rooftop in Mosul as punishment for being gay.
Islamic State militants prepare to throw a man from a high rooftop in Mosul as punishment for being gay.

The Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has published photographs that appear to show a man being thrown from the roof of a tall building apparently in Mosul, as punishment for being gay.

The graphic photographs were uploaded to the website on January 15 and shared on social media.

One photograph, taken from the top of the building from where the man was apparently pushed to his death, shows a large crowd gathered in the public square below.

Another image shows a man with his face covered by a black balaclava, reading out the sentence imposed on the man under the IS group's version of Shari'a law. The caption to the photograph says that the verdict was issued by a Shari'a court in "Wilayat Nineveh," IS's name for Mosul and its environs.

Another image shows the victim being held by another man, apparently his executioner, on the edge of a rooftop. Text accompanying the photograph says that the man is being punished with "Hadd," meaning a punishment that is determined in the Koran and the Hadith for crimes considered to go against the rights of God. The caption noted that the man had committed the crime of the practices of the "people of Lot," a euphemism for sodomy, and that he must be killed by being "thrown from a high place."

A graphic image shows the man being pushed to his death. Another image shows what appears to be the man's body on the ground.

The images released by IS also show two men being crucified in a public square. It's not clear if the images of the crucifixions and the execution of the man who was pushed from a tall building were taken in the same place.

The two men who were crucified were being punished for "banditry," according to the captions accompanying the photographs.

Three more images show a woman clad in a black burka being stoned to death. The photographs show that the stoning was not carried out in the same public square as the crucifixions but in a wooded area.

The woman was accused of "adultery," according to the caption accompanying the photographs. One graphic image shows a group of men, one of whom is carrying an Islamic State black flag, throwing large rocks at the woman, who is lying on the floor.

These graphic images are not the first to show evidence of similar punishments for similar "crimes."

In December, the IS group published photographs appearing to show militants throwing a man off a roof as punishment for "practicing sodomy." A statement accompanying the images said the execution had taken place in "Wilayat al-Furat," ("The Euphrates Province"), an area under IS control that encompasses Al-Qaim in Iraq's Anbar Province on the Syrian border, and Albukamal in Syria's Deir al-Zor Province.

There have been numerous reports that the IS group has stoned to death women and men for "adultery."

In October 2014, an activist group in Raqqa, IS's de facto capital in Syria, published a video that it claimed showed a woman being stoned to death by IS in the countryside around Hama in Syria. The activist group, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, told RFE/RL that IS had stoned two women in Raqqa previously.

The UN has reported that the militant group has also stoned to death, beheaded, and crucified children for various "crimes."

-- Joanna Paraszczuk

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by: Sheelagh Hanly from: Roscommon
January 16, 2015 13:26
Killing people who are Gay, Christian, etc. and judging, condemning and punishing people for their behaviour is totally unacceptable in a civilized society and the rest of the world should get together and deal with this.
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by: Anonymous from: Boston USA
January 16, 2015 23:52
I agree with you, Sheelagh. It is unacceptable in a civilized society and the rest of the world.
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by: Keith from: Dorset
January 17, 2015 10:00
Who ever said these people and their religion were civilized?
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by: why? from: why?
January 18, 2015 07:48
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by: David from: USA
February 04, 2015 23:29
Agreed... The whole world does need to help. These people obviously cant live in piece and need to be governed. I beleave they should survey and divi up the prime oiling real estate to respectable well governed countrys as an incentive at the UN and let them steam roll through these territorys. Build prisons every square mile and lock it down so tight a would be Is member wouldnt j walk in fear of being ticketed. Also have a well ration of religous backgrounded countrys In so they can build up every other type of place of prare that exsists... See how much these people would like sitting in a cell until they die and the only view is a jewish temple..., or catholic church exc...

by: Anonymous from: Boston, USA
January 16, 2015 23:47
This is absolutely brutality. Neither religion, nor politics have the right to judge people. Only God judges. Even though, he was gay, those evil ISIS had no right to treat him that way. It is extremely very sad that those evil ISIS made him fall to his death by a high building.

by: Adualla from: Beruit
January 17, 2015 04:57
This action would mean half the Saudis would have to throw form the roof! The constant murders are making the religion unacceptable to all.

by: Shankar pd Gupta from: mangalore
January 17, 2015 06:46
This is not a true islam.ISIS has hijacked the true meaning of islam.Islam is a religion of peace and thats it.
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by: Mark from: UK
January 19, 2015 09:42
There is no hijacking going on, its all written down and perfectly clear in the religious texts.

I have read the text relating to slavery used by both ISIS and Boko to justify their actions.

Even a child could see and understand this.
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by: Christopher from: pensacola, fl
January 22, 2015 09:33
Your dead wrong!
You may be one and be one of a few that does not fall into this category, but a big percentage of ISLAM is represented in this video. Including>>>Children and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go watch the Dearborne Michigan parade, where the Christians tried to PEACEFULLY protest!
The Muslims were like animals, spitting, cursing, and throwing stones and other things!
VERY HOSTILE PEOPLE, that hate Westerners!
So why are they flocking to this country?
I don't know, but the more that arrives, the more worried i become!
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by: Shankar from: mangalore
January 22, 2015 11:25
If islam had been false then how come that many people are accepting islam kin western countries even backing up by the politicians like merkel and camerron.islam is the true and christ is the slave of allah .And christians have to pay the zizya

by: Jack from: US
January 17, 2015 22:56
US government and its Saudi minions armed and financed "moderate" Syrian rebels who turned out to be Islamic State militants. US senators McCain and Graham were personally shaking hands with IS militants when they [illegaly] traveled to Syria in 2013. US government and its NATO minions, and Saudi, Qatari are the major sponsors of Muslim terrorism.

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
January 18, 2015 15:20
This story should renew our commitment to defeat IS militarily and ideologically.

by: David from: Williams
January 18, 2015 20:21
Ms. Paraszczuk: Publishing photos of a murder in progress, taken by the murderers, and published by the murderers? Do you really think this is ethically the same as publishing the images of professional photographers, or even amateurs who witnessed the event? This makes ISIS photographers contributors to RFE/RL.

by: Todd Kant from: Hollywood Florida
January 19, 2015 17:13
This article is graphically disturbing it's bad enough the story life is already horrific and disturbing I wish it would be seriously taken into consideration not to release thies kind of media
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by: Austin from: Texas
January 21, 2015 02:11
Yes. We should all hide from the evil that there is in this world and pretend that it doesn't exist.

by: Anonymous
January 31, 2015 06:47
Excuse, not release this kindve media? Please take a look at all the media, then realize how much is ready hidden. We live in a horrific world. And too much is already ignored.

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