Pictures emerge of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) fighters apparently throwing a man from a building because he was gay
By Ruth Sherlock, Beirut
5:24PM GMT 16 Jan 2015
Photographs have emerged that appear to show members of the Islamic State group in Iraq throwing a man from a building in punishment for being gay.
The graphic images, seemingly taken in the northern Isil controlled city of Mosul, show a man being pushed to his death before a large crowd that had gathered in the main square below.
One photograph, taken from the top of the building, shows the man from behind, blindfolded and with his hands tied across his back, being pushed to the ledge by his executioner.
In another photo, a jihadist, his face covered with a balaclava, is shown reading out the apparent sentence that was ruled in the extremists' "Sharia court".
A caption for another photo says the man had been convicted of the practices of the "people of Lot", a euphemism for sodomy.
In punishment, the caption says, he must be "thrown from a high place".
The date of the execution is not clear. Photographs of a man being thrown from a roof by Isil members, apparently in the same place first emerged in December.
As the jihadists consolidate their control of parts of Iraq and Syria they have implemented increasingly strict, medieval forms of law.