Kuwait Jails Filipina for Joining Islamic State

A court in Kuwait has sent a 32-year-old Filipino woman to jail after she was convicted of joining the Islamic State jihadist group.

The ruling, which sentenced the defendant to 10 years in prison, also includes order for her deportation after serving her term. The sentence, however is not final.

The Filipina was arrested in August just two months ater arriving in Kuwait to work as a domestic worker. Upon interrogation, the woman reportedly confessed into being a member of the Islamic State group and was planning terrorist attacks in the country.

She told investigators that her husband was an active IS fighter based in Libya and asked her to come to Kuwait from the Philippines as a domestic helper.

Kuwaiti courts have recently sentenced several members and supporters of the group to varying jail terms.

An Egyptian driver suspected of being a member of the IS was arrested by Kuwait authorities after he rammed a garbage truck into a pick-up carrying five Americans. Authorities in July said they had dismantled three IS cells plotting attacks, including a suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque and against an interior ministry target.

An IS-linked suicide bomber killed 26 worshippers in June last year when he blew himself up in a mosque of Kuwait’s Shiite minority, in the worst such attack in the Gulf state’s history.

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