Diyala court sentences IS member to death over assisting suicide attackers in blasts

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Diyala ( Diyala Criminal Court has issued two death sentences against a terrorist for transferring suicide attackers who blew up themselves in the province.

Abdul Sattar Bir Qadar, spokesperson for the High Judicial Council, said in a statement on Thursday, “Diyala Criminal Court made two verdicts of death sentence against an Islamic State member who took part in several terrorist crimes in the provinces.”

“Among the operations that he carried out was transferring two suicide attackers, one of whom blew up himself in a funeral, while the other targeted a coffee shop in Muqdadiya,” Bir Qadar added.

The two verdicts, according to the statement, were based on provisions of the Counter-Terrorism law.

In December, the Court sentenced two IS members to death over carrying out several crimes in the province, including a suicide attack that targeted a cafe in Muqdadiyah in 2016, which left many people killed and injured. Justice Ministry said, in the same month, that death sentences have been carried out against 38 convicts involved in terrorism. In September, the ministry announced that 42 convicts were sentenced to death. In July 2016, The Iraqi Court of Discrimination, sentenced 40 convicts to death over involvement in crime by IS and other collaborators killing 1700 persons in Speicher Camp in Tikrit in 2014. Twelve convicts were sentenced to death in June and 22 others in May.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, previously in December, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.

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