Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi criminal court has sentenced six brothers to death by hanging for joining the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
The six were found guilty of launching armed and car bomb attacks against security forces and civilians in Al Khasfa and Hamam Al Alil districts in Nineveh, leaving scores dead, Gilgamish Press quoted the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council as saying in a statement.
The court ruling was issued pursuant to article ¼ of the anti-terrorism law, added the statement.
Iraqi courts 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.
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 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.
Despite defeat in Iraq in late 2017, many IS remnants remain at large in the hideouts of the Arab country.