The self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has posted photos purporting to be of a man who was thrown off of a building and stoned to death for "having practiced sodomy," U.K.-based Pink News is reporting.
The man, whose name was not disclosed, was reportedly pushed from the top of the highest building in a town somewhere in ISIS-controlled Syria or Iraq as part of a sentence handed down by a so-called Islamic court.
The other part of his sentence for his alleged "sodomy" was to have a crowd of people kill him by stoning. It was not immediately clear if the man died as a result of the fall or of the stoning. Stoning is often carried out by the stacking of large, heavy rocks on top of a person's body until they are crushed to death. Less common is the throwing of rocks at a condemned person. It is not yet known which method was employed in this killing.
According to the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper, a statement issued on a Jihadist website was accompanied by photos of the man as he was being thrown from what appears to be a two- or three-story building. The statement read, "The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat [a frontier land straddling Syria and Iraq] decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city."
Less than two weeks ago, a 20-year-old man was killed in Mayadeen, in the Deir Ezzor province of Syria, and an 18-year-old was stoned to death in the city of Deir Ezzor for being gay, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The men were known opponents of ISIS, and their supporters say ISIS had used the allegation that they were gay as justification to execute them.
In a September recruitment video, ISIS militants lumped gays in with pedophiles and drug addicts as threats from Western society to children of pious Muslims.
"Who is gonna teach your children?" asks a fighter in the video. "It's gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile. You know? So it's very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people. ... Allah says that they are the worst of creatures. You prefer to live among the worst of creatures than live among the mujaheddin[?] ... Make your decision."