Iraqi court sentences three convicts to death over joining Islamic State

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Diyala ( The Iraqi High Judicial Council has announced sentencing three Islamic State members, who belong to the so-called Diyala State to death.

In a statement on Thursday, Abdul-Sattar al-Bayraqdar, a spokesperson of the High Judicial Council, said the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad “reviewed a case at which three convicts are accused of joining Islamic State in Diyala State.”

One of the convicts, according to the statement, “is the head of a military detachment, while another worked within the military and security departments, and the third was the secretary of the weapon stashes in Diyala State.”

The suspects were arrested with “weapons and TNT substances in their possession.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, previously in December, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.

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.

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 94 Iraqis were killed, while 163 others were wounded due to Violence and armed conflicts during the month of May.

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