Members of the Islamic militant group ISIS accused a young teen of being gay and reportedly killed him by throwing him off the roof of a building, but spared the life of a commander who allegedly raped the victim, according to a report by ARA News, a Syrian independent press agency.
The 15-year-old boy was sentenced to death by being pushed off a high building in Deir Ezzor province in Syria. The report claims the ISIS commander who allegedly raped the victim is believed to be Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi, who has appeared in a propaganda video showing child soldiers executing prisoners in a demented version of hide-and-seek. al-Jazrawi was spared the death sentence, but was punished by being flogged and sent to Iraq to fight on the front line.
A witness told ARA News the execution of the teen took place in public and in front of a large gathering of local civilians. The footage of the incident has yet to make it online, however.
"The boy was accused of being engaged in a homosexual relation with the prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi," media activist Sarai al-Din told ARA News. "Abu Zaid was forced to leave Syria and join the fighting fronts in northwestern Iraq. The decision has been taken by the ISIS leadership."
ARA News reports a source claimed the boy was arrested "in the house of an ISIS leader" last Thursday.
Though the story has been picked up by a number of media outlets, the Daily Mail writes it could not "independently verify these claims." Nevertheless, this isn't the first time ISIS was reported to kill men accused of being gay by throwing them off the roofs of buildings. Similar incidents have been occurring for some time now.