Feared leader of the Islamic State, Bakr al-Baghdadi personally sentenced a woman to be beheaded as a wedding present for a sadistic female 'judge' in the terror group's feared religious police, Daily Mail reveals.
Jihadi leader 'beheaded' woman as wedding present for female judge
The woman who is reported to be notoriously cruel had asked the ISIS leader to kill an unbeliever in return for taking a new husband following the death of her mujahedeen husband in a battle
The woman who is reported to be notoriously cruel had asked the ISIS leader to kill an unbeliever in return for taking a new husband following the death of her mujahedeen husband in a battle.
But al-Baghdadi insisted she could only take the life of another woman in line with the group's strict segregation of affairs between men and women.
He then ruled she could cut off the head of another female ISIS judge who had been accused of spying - but who in reality had probably just fallen out of favour.
This shocking claim was made by a female defector from ISIS' religious police, Hisbah - which rules the so-called Islamic State of around eight million people - with its own twisted and medieval interpretation of Sharia law.
Daily Mail reports that according to Leena (real name not revealed) had given an insight into how the Islamic State is run.
She described the suffocating effect fear has in a society where children are used as informers, how one woman was given 80 lashes in public by 'mistake', the corrupt power struggle that led to her boss having her head chopped off, and the terrible treatment of Yazidi prisoners – given to ISIS fighters as sex slaves 'to do with whatever they like'.
Leena revealed how there are five British women in the Hisbah, including converts, who are apparently given preferential treatment by the ISIS leaders. Among them was a blonde woman called Susanne and a redhead called Fatima.
The ISIS defector told MailOnline: 'When the foreign fighters and women first arrived we thought they were heroes. They had come to give their lives to fight for us, to fight for our freedom.'
But it soon became clear that they came for whatever 'money, gold and slaves' they could get. Leena branded them nothing more than rapists, looters and thieves.
As just one example of the horrors she saw on a daily basis, the 27-year-old mother-of-two told how a local girl was sentenced to death after the Hisbah discovered she had complained about life under ISIS in a WhatsApp message to her sister in Damascus.
In sad, hushed tones, Leena said: 'It was nothing more than murder. They said she was connected to Assad's regime, a spy.
'She wasn't receiving her salary and she could not travel to collect it. All she wrote in the text was "We are all under pressure", "We can't go on", "We are in trouble".
Because of that the judge, originally from Egypt, gave her the death penalty. They said she was a spy for the Assad regime.'The girl had been telling the truth. Despite the vast oil deposits nearby the town's only electricity comes from diesel generators – controlled by senior ISIS members, called emirs. Air-conditioning can no longer offer families relief from the 50C summer heat. Water supply is erratic at best.Now in hiding and facing a life on the run, wide-eyed with fear, Leena said: 'I was horrified by what I saw, the brutality and corruption. I left because I saw so many terrible things, so much destruction, beatings.'
Recently married and pregnant with her first child, Leena fled from fighting in Deir Ezzor, once a prosperous provincial town on the banks of the Euphrates River and now the centre of Syria's oil industry, in September 2012, to a neighbouring village which became the ISIS regional HQ.
'All we knew was we had to pray five times day and fast during Ramadan', said Leena. 'Before no one wore a niqab (face veil), we did not wear Islamic clothing and there was no rules about talking with strangers - men who were not close family members.'
Leena freely admits that at first she fell for ISIS' hardline brand of Islam which they romantically painted as the true path for a Muslim.
Her community, like the majority of Syria and ISIS follow the Sunni branch of Islam and consider Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a heretic because he is a member of the Alawites, an obscure sect within the rival Shia vision of Islam.
Leena became inspired to learn more about Sharia Law and completed an ISIS indoctrination programme.
'We went around other villages to help people understand Sharia Law, to show them the way to follow Islam,' she said.
As more foreign fighters flooded into the area, families gave up daughters and widows as brides to the arriving 'heroes'.
'My husband had joined the fighters. My friend explained I would get a salary of $200 a month and I could stay with my parents,' explained Leena.
Smiling as she recalled her innocence, she described how she ended up joining the Hisbah in May 2013.
I did the training many times, looking for unbelievers. I would listen to what they [the recruits] said and report them if they said they did not like ISIS
'I gave 'bayah' [an Islamic oath of allegiance], I joined ISIS, working for the Hisbah in the section that dealt with women. Their job is to uphold Sharia Law – to make sure women wear the niqab [face veil], wear the correct clothes and behave in the correct way with men.'
Her first mission was to infiltrate a Sharia training camp and spy on young women forced to adopt the strict Islamic code.
'I did the training many times, looking for unbelievers. I would listen to what they [the recruits] said and report them if they said they did not like ISIS,' she said.
The women who she informed on would be sent to the Sharia Court where they would be tried and faced punishment beatings. Leena would not be drawn on whether she felt responsible for the pain and suffering she inflicted on other mothers, sisters and daughters.
In return for her loyalty, she was offered a job working as a 'writer' for a Hisbah judge, a position similar to working as a clerk to an investigating magistrate - taking down statements from suspects, witnesses officers of ISIS' religious police force, in the town of El Mayadin, near Deir Ezzor.
She worked for a female judge who ruled only on crimes committed by women in a Sharia court separate from that which would judge men for their alleged offences.
With salaries no longer being paid by the Assad regime, the $200-a-month offered by ISIS provided a lifeline.
Punishments to the 'guilty' included fines for wearing 'non-Islamic' clothing, whippings or beating for 'inappropriate' association with men, chopping off hands for stealing, death by stoning for adultery and beheadings for treason.
However, she soon began to see terrible miscarriages of justice.
'People have been condemned to death even when they are innocent. A woman was arrested for talking to a man in a shop. She explained that the man was her husband but the Hisbah officer did not believe her.
A woman was arrested for talking to a man in a shop and she said it was her husband. She was whipped like an animal - 80 lashes, in the main square in front of everyone. Later, she proved they were married
'She was brought before an Egyptian judge, a monster, a devil. She sentenced the Syrian woman to a terrible beating. She was whipped like an animal – 80 lashes, in the main square in front of everyone.
'Then the man turned up with his marriage contract and proved that she was his wife. But it was too late.'
She added: 'The Egyptians and the Tunisians were nothing better than thieves. They did not care if someone was guilty or not, they would start to beat them before the judge had investigated their crime.'
The more zealous and vicious members of Hisbah would volunteer to carry out the punishments, usually in public to act as a graphic deterrent to the oppressed residents.
Leena claimed that she never took part in the floggings.
In the two years that Leena worked for the Sharia Court, countless whippings and beatings were doled out. She also said there were three amputations and one beheading that took place in the main square – all in a town of less than 85,000.
Other beheadings followed after she fled.
Leena said: 'If there was a public beheading or amputation in the main square, I could not watch. I would see the head or the limb lying on the ground later, but I did not want to watch.'
During the four-hour conversation, the Muslim call to prayer echoed across the town in Southern Turkey where Leena had agreed to meet.
It had taken intermediaries many days to convince her to open up and tell the truth about life under ISIS.
Dressed conservatively in a long black Islamic robe and with a light brown head scarf she arrived at the agreed location trembling with fear.
After several hours she opened up – offering a glimpse of what this once happy woman had to witness living in the ruthless shadow of ISIS.
The defector worked for a number of different judges but it was the fate of her boss – Um Abdullah al-Saud – that helped convinced her that she must abandon ISIS.
There was another judge, a Tunisian, Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi, she was a real monster... For her wedding present she asked the emirs to cut off the head of a kuffar, an unbeliever
'Um Abdullah was married with four children. She was kind,' Leena said.
'If the woman brought to her was poor she would give her a very small fine. One time she had to sentence a woman to a beating, so she beat the woman with her pencil so it would not hurt but still be within the law.
'But there was another judge, a Tunisian, Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi, she was a real monster. She was married to a Libyan fighter and he was killed in battle in Kobane. The ISIS leaders said she should marry again because she was young, maybe 30.
'For her wedding present she asked the emirs to cut off the head of a kuffar, an unbeliever. Her request went to the top of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who considered it for a long time.
'Finally he said she could have a prisoner beheaded, but it had to be a woman. At about the same time my judge, Um Abdullah, disappeared. She had been accused of being a spy, working for the Saudi Intelligence Services. She was captured and taken to jail.
'The Tunisian, Roaa Um Khotaba Al-Tunisi, asked for head of Um Abdullah and she was sentenced to death.
'When I asked others in Hisbah what she had done I was told not to ask, for my own safety.'
Leena is too frightened to say it but MailOnline understands that Um Abdullah is not a spy. She had been the victim of a power struggle within the Hisbah leadership in El Mayadin, which the the Tunisian 'devil' had won.
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