Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi court has sentenced two terrorists to death by hanging over their involvement in the murder of security forces in Diyala province.
Alforat News quoted the media office of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council as saying in a statement that the country’s Diyala Criminal Court issued the verdicts against the convicts after they confessed to attacking and killing many army and police personnel in Miqdadiyah and Buhriz districts in Diyala.
The verdicts were issued pursuant to article no. 4 of the anti-terrorism law, according to the statement.
Courts in Iraq have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.
The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.
Moreover, the Iraqi government did not provide estimates about the number of the foreign detained militants or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.
Human rights groups have always criticized collective death sentences issued by Iraqi courts, claiming that some detainees are tortured and threatened.
Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.