Lawyers seek testimony for US woman charged with aiding ISIS
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Attorneys for an Indiana woman accused of providing support to the Islamic State group received a judge’s approval to seek depositions from three Yazidis who were taken as slaves by her husband, who she says died while fighting for IS.
The Post-Tribune reports that a federal judge in Hammond on Tuesday gave Samantha Elhassani’s lawyers permission to seek depositions from the two Yazidi women and young boy in hopes of bolstering her defense. The three are in Kurdish-controlled Iraq.
Elhassani has argued that her husband tricked her into traveling to Syria and allegedly bought the women and boy while in IS-controlled territory.
Her lawyers say in court documents that Elhassani offered the Yazidis protection while her husband was alive and after he died, when she, her four children and the Yazidis made their way to a Kurdish refugee camp.
Defense attorney Thomas Durkin says the depositions would be “incredibly helpful.”