Iraqi court sentences former soldier to death over training Islamic State fighters

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Baghdad ( An Iraqi court in Baghdad has sentenced a convict for death over training fighters of Islamic State.

In an official statement on Thursday, Abdul Sattar al-Bayraqdar, spokesperson for the High Judiciary Committee, said “The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced to death a convict, who used to work as a soldier for the Iraqi army before the militant group became in control of Mosul city. He then worked as a source for transferring information for the group, before training the fighters.”

The convict, according to the statement, “confessed during investigations that he worked as a soldier before the fall of Mosul, then joining the group as a source for information.”

He also took part in the battles in Mosul, it added. “His duty was to control the weapons and equipments left by the security personnel.”

The militant “participated in transferring the weapons and explosives to Biji and Hawija towns,” the statement said.

Last week, two Islamic State members were sentenced to death over killing 12 people in Anbar.

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

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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