Iraq executed three terrorism convicts in Nasiriyah prison – report

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq executed three convicted “terrorists” in a prison in south of the country on Monday, Iraqi media reported.

Shafaaq News cited a local official as saying that authorities had executed the three in Nasiriyah central prison, few days after the Iraqi presidency approved their death sentences.

Iraqi state news agency INA reported on Saturday that the Iraqi presidency had approved more than 340 death sentences related to terrorist and criminal cases.

Iraq has put hundreds of suspected jihadists on trial and carried out several mass executions since defeating ISIS militants in a 2014-2017 U.S.-backed military campaign.

Human rights groups have accused Iraqi and other regional forces of inconsistencies in the judicial process and flawed trials leading to unfair convictions. Iraq says its trials are fair.

In November, Iraq hanged 21 convicted “terrorists” and murders, the latest in a series of mass executions it had carried out since defeating ISIS in 2017.

The European Union and United Nations called on Iraqi authorities to halt executions in the country.

Iraq ranks fifth among countries that carry out death sentences, according to Amnesty International, which documented 100 executions in the country in 2019. That amounts to one out of seven executions across the world last year.

That amounts to one out of seven executions across the world last year.

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