The Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS, has released graphic photographs purportedly showing a man being thrown off a roof in Mosul, Iraq, for being gay. The images were reportedly shared by ISIS-affiliated social media accounts and by mainstream media outlets.
An image shows a man being pushed off of the ledge of a tall building by two masked men while another photograph shows a man falling in mid-air with a crowd watching in the background.
Rferl.org reports a caption which 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.’
‘The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city and then stoned to death,’ AFP reports ISIS as saying in a statement provided along with the images.
Other images show two men being crucified for ‘banditry,’ and a woman who was clad in a black burka, being stoned to death, for ‘adultery,’ accompanying the photographs.
In December 2014, members reportedly killed a man they found guilty of practicing sodomy by throwing him from a rooftop and then stoning him to death. In November, ISIS members stoned two man, whowere allegedly gay, to death in Syria.