Iraqi army says foreign IS members extradited to Justice Ministry to stand trials

Baghdad’s central criminal court.

Baghdad ( The Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service has announced extraditing the Islamic State foreign members to Justice Ministry in order to stand trial at Iraqi courts.

“Those who were extradited had committed terrorist crimes in Iraq. Thus, they will be brought to trial in accordance with Iraqi law,” Sabah al-Noaman, spokesperson of the service, told Radio Sawa.

“The detainees include nine women. Some are German and French nationals,” he said, adding that “some men are Europeans.”

Noaman highlighted the efforts made by intelligence authorities to follow IS sleeper cells, indicating, “coordination and exchange of information with foreign intelligence authorities.”

Earlier this week, the Diyala Criminal Court sentenced a suspect, involved with Al-Qaeda, to death over taking part in kidnapping and execution of eight civilians in 2007. Previously in January, the same court sentenced an Islamic State militant to death over involvement in killing 47 civilians in 2006.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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