Iraq sentences 5 to death over Islamic State affiliation: judicial spokesman

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Baghdad ( A court in  Iraq has sentenced  five persons to death over links with the Islamic State militant group, a spokesperson of the judicial authorities was quoted saying on Tuesday.

Abdul-Sattar al-Bayraqdar, a spokesperson of the Iraqi judicial council, said in a statement that the Baghdad-based Central Criminal Court sentenced five persons to death by hanging for having operated at various sections of the militant group, finding them guilty of “taking part in fighting against security forces in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh.

Iraq has sentenced dozens to death, including foreigners, for affiliation with IS.

The Iraqi government declared victory over the militant group in December, ending a three-year military campaign to retake areas occupied by the group in 2014.

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