Sep 4 2013
By Karim Abezair
Azzaman, September 4, 2013
Three more Iraqis were executed after being convicted of terrorism, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.
It said they were sentenced to death by a Baghdad court light of the country anti-terrorism law. Death sentences by courts are only carried if supported by a presidential order.
The controversial law has been a bone of contention between the Muslim Shiite-led government and Muslim Sunnis who have been protesting against it and calling for drastic amendments.
This week’s executions bring the number of those put to death so far this year to 80.
Capital punishment was annulled in Iraq shortly after the American invasion of 2003 but was re-introduced a year later by the country’s interim government.
And soon executions started taking place, earning Iraq the title of one of the Middle East’s cruelest states.
Last year 129 people were put to death in Iraq and the justice ministry says more than 1,500 prisoners have been sentenced to death by Iraqi courts and they await presidential decrees to have them executed.
The surge in executions in Iraq has sparked an outcry from international human rights groups.
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