By William Cole For Mailonline
Published: 12:15 BST, 27 May 2019 | Updated: 12:44 BST, 27 May 2019
An Iraqi court has today condemned a fourth French citizen to death for joining the Islamic State group, as the verdict for a fifth man was postponed after he testified to being tortured.
Mustafa Mohammed Ibrahim, 37, was given a sentence of death by hanging, according to an AFP journalist for a second day of sentencing.
Yesterday, the court handed capital punishments to three other Frenchmen on trial for supporting the extremist terror group.
Security guards stand outside the building where Islamic State militants are being tried in a special counterterrorism court in Baghdad, Iraq. Four have been sentenced to death
France, meanwhile, said the Iraqi court has jurisdiction to rule in the cases, though a spokeswoman reiterated the French government's opposition to the death penalty.
France's foreign affairs spokeswoman Agnes Von der Muhll said France's position is that adults detained in Iraq must be tried by the Iraqi justice system, as soon as it declares itself competent.
'France respects the sovereignty of Iraqi authorities' she added, though she expressed her country's opposition