Why Iraq ordered a mass execution of 21 terrorists in a hurried trial?
Since crushing the Islamic State in 2017, Iraq has sentenced several residents to death for their alleged association with the terror groups. Rights groups blame Iraq’s court for carrying out such hurried trials.
On Monday, Iraqi officials again hanged sentenced terrorists at the infamous Nasiriyah jail in the nation’s south but this time they 21 of them, as indicated by the interior ministry.
The men had been sentenced under a 2005 counter-terrorism law, which conveys capital punishment. The authorities didn’t give insights regarding the detail of the crimes, yet as per the interior ministry’s statement, a few of them were engaged in two suicide attacks that killed many people in the northern town of Tal Afar.
Since pronouncing triumph over the “Islamic State” (IS) terror group in 2017, Iraq has put many suspected jihadists under trial and conducted many mass hangings.
IS seized 33% of Iraq in 2014, yet a US-supported military campaign to a great extent crushed the group in both Iraq and neighboring Syria over the time of three years.
Several people have been convicted in terrorism cases in Iraq, however, the authorities have completed a handful of sentences, as they need to be marked by the nation’s president.
Iraqi courts have conducted trials on foreign nationals alleged for having links with the terror organizations, sentenced 11 French nationals, and one Belgian citizen to death.
Iraq’s administration has failed to give details concerning detainment centers or detainees, including the number of individuals who are confronting terror connection charges.
Some confinement facilities have closed down lately, including Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib complex, which got infamous for detainee maltreatment during the US-led control of the nation.
Amnesty International and various rights organizations state that Iraq’s judicial system is torn by large corruption and that judges concluded hurried trials utilizing mere incidental proof. They state that the accused don’t get legitimate protection or admittance to legal counselors. Iraqi authorities deny these allegations.
Iraq positions at fifth number among nations that conduct capital punishments, as per Amnesty International, which archived 100 executions in the nation in 2019. That adds up to one out of seven executions over the world since 2019.