Iraqi court sentences five convicts to life in prison over joining Islamic State

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Nineveh ( Nineveh Criminal Court has sentenced five convicts to life over joining Islamic State group in Mosul.

In a statement on Tuesday, spokesman for the High Judicial Council Abdul-Sattar Bayraqdar said “Nineveh Criminal Court reviewed cases of five convicts accused of joining Islamic State members in Mosul. They used to work for the so-called Islamic Police and the Soldiers Department within the Islamic State.”

The convicts, according to the statement, “admitted to joining the militant group and reiterated the allegiance to one of the group’s leaders in Mosul. They also confessed that they took part in operations against security troops in the province.”

On Tuesday, an arms dealer of the terrorist Islamic State group was sentenced to life in jail. On the same day, two suspects were sentenced to death, and a third one to life in prison, for terrorism-related crimes in Baghdad, Dhi Qar and Diyala provinces.

Many IS members were detained during liberation battles that freed cities, which were recaptured by the militant group in 2014. Thousands of 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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