Iraqi court sentences 6 brothers to death for joining Islamic State
An Iraqi criminal court has sentenced six brothers to death by hanging for joining the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, Iraqi News reports.
The six were found guilty of launching armed and car bomb attacks against security forces and civilians in Al Khasfa and Hamam Al Alil districts in Nineveh, leaving scores dead, Gilgamish Press quoted the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council as saying in a statement.
The court ruling was issued pursuant to article ¼ of the anti-terrorism law, added the statement.
Iraqi courts have sentenced many 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.
Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.
The UN, the European Union and international human rights groups always criticize mass killings in Iraq and call for abolishing the death penalty, which was suspended on June 10, 2003, but was reinstated on August 8, 2004.
Despite defeat in Iraq in late 2017, many ISIS remnants remain at large in the hideouts of the Arab country.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces on Wednesday freed 30 civilians, who had been besieged by Islamic State militants in a mountainous area in Salahuddin.
Islamic State militants opened fire at the civilians while hunting in Makhoul Mountain in Salahuddin, Baghdad Today website quoted the PMF media service as saying in a statement.
According to the statement, a PMF force rushed to the scene and clashed with the ISIS attackers.
Two ISIS militants were wounded in the clashes, the statement added.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
ISIS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake ISIS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.