Terrorists affiliated with the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have executed another man accused of being gay — throwing him off a roof before a crowd of spectators in Mosul, Iraq.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail embedded a graphic video of the murder in its coverage, but The Advocate has decided not to publish that footage. That video appears to have been prepared and released by ISIS media operators.
The video depicts an ISIS commander preaching before a crowd gathered at the base of a tall building in Mosul, informing bystanders that the victim has been found guilty of "corruption of thought," and "homosexual acts," according to the Daily Mail's translation. The punishment for such crimes, under ISIS interpretation of Islamic law, is death by stoning or by being thrown from the tallest building in the city. The speaker then warns the crowd of men and young boys gathered not to have gay sex, as such acts are "forbidden in the caliphate."
The camera then shifts its focus to the roof, where several uniformed men can be seen surrounding another man in a blue shirt standing at the ledge of the building. One of the militants shoves him, and the man falls to his death. Shortly thereafter, additional militants can be seen rushing to remove the body.
The public executions have become a staple of existence in ISIS-controlled territories, with the first reported executions of men convicted of the “crime” of homosexuality appearing in English press as early as 2014. Similar executions have been performed before a large crowd of locals reportedly gathered at the base of the building to watch the victims die. In some instances, victims who survived the fall were subsequently stoned to death. Still other victims have been beheaded by ISIS members who found them guilty of engaging in "sodomy."
Last August, the terrorist group allegedly killed nine "gay" men at once, by dropping them from another tall building in Mosul. That same month, the United Nations reported that at least 30 people had been killed in such a manner after being accused of being gay.
Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell under ISIS control in June 2014. By August, ISIS leaders had declared that the city’s universities must segregate all classes by gender, with women attending class in the morning and men taking their classes in the afternoon, according to Education News. ISIS adheres to a radical, and some scholars say, un-Islamic interpretation of the Koran, which mandates the conversion, enslavement, or execution of captured nonbelievers, and the violent subjugation of women, who are the property of their husbands. There is some dissent about whether the antigay provisions of Sharia law are enshrined in broader hard-line Islamic values, or whether the ongoing executions are yet another ISIS perversion of what millions of people say is a peace-loving religion.