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  • » 12/15/2017, 08.57


    Nassiriya, 38 'terrorists belonging to Al Qaeda and Daesh' hanged

    The execution took place in the presence of the Minister for Justice. The convicts are Iraqis, but there is also talk of a Swedish citizen. Iraq ranked fourth in the world for the use of capital punishment, after China, Iran, Saudi Arabia. 

    Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Thirty-eight jihadists "belonging to Al Qaeda and Daesh [acronym for the Islamic State]", already condemned to death for "terrorism", were hanged yesterday in the Nassiriya prison, in the south of the country. The 38 were reported to have all been Iraqi, but there are rumours that there was also a Swedish citizen among them.

    In the same prison, on 25 September the death sentence was executed for another 42 "terrorists". The executions took place in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zamili, after confirmation of the sentence and after the decision of the country's presidential council.

    International organizations against the death penalty criticize frequent recourse to the use of the death penalty in Iraq.

    Last year 88 death sentences were executed in the country; 26 in 2015. According to Amnesty International, Iraq is in fourth place in terms of number of death sentences after China, Iran, Saudi Arabia.

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    05/11/2006 IRAQ
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    For Iraq's current Prime Minister the sentence ends the dark period of the tyranny.  Others call it the outcome of US manipulation. Iraqi President Talabani refuses to sign the death sentence since he personally opposes the death penalty.

    19/10/2016 11:15:00 IRAQ
    Anti-Isis Iraqis marked and executed in Mosul

    To express their opposition, some Mosul residents wrote word "M" ( "Muqawamah", resistance) on the city’s walls.  Those discovered were immediately sentenced to death without trial. The militiamen fleeing the besieged city, are headed to Raqqa and Deir Ez Zor in Syria, thanks to the Turkish army protection. A new map of Turkey encompasses the northern Syria, Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk and part of Armenia. From Saudi Arabia and Qatar a hashtag: "Mosul is annihilated". The hashtag of the Iraqi government: "Mosul is liberated”.


    07/06/2004 IRAQ
    Petition for a new UN resolution

    07/09/2005 IRAQ
    Ninety per cent of Iraqis want to see Saddam Hussein hang, says Kurdish envoy
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