Iraqi court sentences ISIS leader to death six times over attacks, kidnapping

Presidency of Saladin Court of Appeal

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An Iraqi court sentenced an Islamic State (ISIS) leader to death six times over involvement in attacks against security forces and abduction in the country, Iraqi supreme judicial council said on Tuesday.

“Saladin Criminal Court has handed down six death sentences and two life imprisonments for one of the most prominent leaders in ISIS terrorist group in Saladin governorate,” the judicial council said in a statement.

He was convicted in accordance with Article 4 of counter-terrorism law, it added.

The ISIS leader participated in “many terrorist operations”, including explosions against the security forces, attacks against Hashid al-Shaabi, killing of an Iraqi military officer, and kidnapping citizens, the statement read.

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.

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.

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