Disturbing reports claim that ISIS crucified a 17-year-old boy for three days because he allegedly took pictures of the group’s headquarters in Syria.
Shocking pictures show the 17-year-old tied to a cross wearing a sign that basically says that the boy was crucified for the crime of “apostasy” and that he was killed and crucified for three days. The boy allegedly took pictures of ISIS military bases and their headquarters, and because of that, he was sentenced to crucifixion and “500 Turkish lira.”
The Independent reports that the boy’s punishment comes from an extremist view of a verse in the Koran that says, “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.”
Charlie Winter of the counter-extremism group told The Independent that ISIS uses crucifixion for very specific crimes.
“Crucifixion has been used many times before – it’s an age-old punishment dealt out to people who have committed treason,” said Winter, who adds that the verse in the Koran that follows the one above actually negates what it says, placing an importance on repentance and forgiveness.
“Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful,” reads the verse.
This news comes after reports that ISIS has begun beheading their own fighters for spying.