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 Justpaste.it website on January 15 and shared on social media.
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) January 15, 2015
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.