Iraqi court sentences four men to life in jail over Islamic State links

Baghdad’s central criminal court.

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi court has sentenced four persons to life in jail over affiliation with Islamic State group, a local official said.

“Iraqi judiciary sentenced four men to life imprisonment for joining the Islamic State group in Diyala province,” Baghdad Today website quoted Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of the security committee in Iraqi Diyala provincial council, as saying.

According to al-Husseini, Iraqi courts sentenced scores of Islamic State militants and leaders to various sentences over the past few months in Diyala for launching attacks against innocent Iraqis.

Iraqi courts have sentenced tens 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.

Moreover, the Iraqi government did not provide estimates about number of the foreign detained militants or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.

The Iraqi government declared victory over the militant group in December, ending a three-year military campaign to retake areas occupied by the group in 2014.

Human rights groups have always criticized collective death sentences issued by Iraqi courts, claiming that some detainees are tortured and threatened.

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