Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi court has sentenced two men to life in jail for joining the Islamic State group and carrying out terrorist attacks in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, a judicial council said.
The central criminal court in Baghdad issued its ruling after finding one of them guilty of running a workshop for making booby-trapped vehicles for the IS terrorist group in Fallujah city of Anbar, Alsumaria News TV channel quoted the Supreme Judicial Council as saying in a press statement on Sunday.
The other convict confessed his involvement in a terrorist attack that targeted the provincial building of Salahuddin province, in addition to helping foreign and Arab jihadists to enter Iraq, the statement read.
The court rulings were issued pursuant to article no. ¼ of the anti-terrorism law, it added.
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.
The exact number of detained Islamic State 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.
The UN, the European Union and international human rights groups always criticize mass killings in Iraq and call for abolishing the death penalty, which was suspended on June 10, 2003, but was reinstated on August 8, 2004.