Iraqi courts sentence three Islamic State members sentence to life, death

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Baghdad ( The Iraqi judiciary has sentenced three terrorists to death and life over committing several crimes while joining the Islamic State militant group, the High Judicial Council said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Abdul-Sattar al-Bayraqdar, a spokesperson of the council, said “Nineveh Criminal Court sentenced an Islamic State member, known as al-Muhajir, to death.”

The convict, according to the statement, “executed several civilians, including men and women, in Sinjar, in addition to fighting against security personnel in Mosul.”

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced two militants to life.

“The Central Criminal Court issued a life sentence against a militant who worked in a workshop for manufacturing mortar missiles in Nineveh. He admitted joining the group in 2015 and carrying out crimes against security troops in the province,” Bayraqdar said.

Moreover, another life sentence was issued against “a convict over inciting against security troops in Fatah al-Ali mosque. He admitted joining the group in 2016,” the statement added.

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.

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