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    Iraq Executions - 2013

    Iraq has executed 21 people convicted of terror-related charges, including three women, on the same day, a spokesman said on Tuesday, bringing to 91 the number of people executed so far this year.

    The executions come despite a call from the UN's human rights chief for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Iraq, amid concerns over the lack of transparency in court proceedings.

    "The justice ministry carried out 21 executions against those condemned of terrorist charges, including three women terrorists," Haidar al-Saadi said in a text message. He did not give any further details.

    A justice ministry official said the executions were carried out on Monday morning.

    Iraq has carried out several mass executions in 2012, including one in which 14 people were put to death on February 7, and another in which 17 were executed on January 31.

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed shock earlier this year at the number of executions, criticising the lack of transparency in court proceedings and calling for an immediate suspension of the death penalty.

    "Even if the most scrupulous fair trial standards were observed, this would be a terrifying number of executions to take place in a single day," she said in January.

    Pillay voiced concern over a "lack of transparency in court proceedings, major concerns about due process and fairness of trials, and the very wide range of offences for which the death penalty can be imposed in Iraq."

    In June, Amnesty International also condemned the "alarming" increase in executions in Iraq.

    It also called on authorities to "refrain from using the death penalty, commute the sentences of all those on death row, believed to number several hundred, and declare a moratorium on executions."

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    Iraq hangs 18 terror convicts in latest mass executions

    Iraqi authorities have hanged 18 people in 2 mass executions this month, the country's justice ministry confirmed Wednesday, defying international calls from governments and human rights groups to declare a moratorium on all executions.

    A justice ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said 18 unidentified men were hanged during 2 mass executions at undisclosed locations in Iraq. He said 8 of the men were hanged on March 14 while the 10 remaining convicts were hanged days later on March 17.

    Details about the cases for which the men were convicted were not released, although the judicial official said they had all been sentenced to death for terrorism-related offenses.

    Earlier this month, Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks on March 19 that killed at least 56 people and injured more than 220 others. The statement from the group, posted on Islamist Internet forums, threatened "revenge" for those executed by Iraqi authorities.

    The 18 executions this month were the first confirmed this year but follow at least 123 executions last year.

    "I deeply regret that the authorities have chosen to re-start executions now, when the Iraqi government had committed to re-examining the cases of prisoners and detainees," said European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, urging the Iraqi government to introduce a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. "Iraq is aware of the EU's unequivocal position against the death penalty."

    Iraq lists 48 crimes for which the death penalty can be imposed, including crimes such as terrorism, kidnapping and murder, but also a number of non-fatal offenses such as damage to public property. The United Nations (UN) believes at least 1,200 people have been sentenced to death since 2004, but the Iraqi government is reluctant to release official figures.

    In January 2012, Human Rights Watch warned that Iraq risks falling back towards authoritarian rule amid allegations that security forces have tortured detainees at a secret prison, cracked down on freedom of expression and attacked peaceful protesters as well as journalists. Executions were commonly used by the government of Saddam Hussein.

    The opposition in Iraq previously compared Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to a dictator as he failed to appoint defense, interior, and national security affairs ministers, giving him full control over those ministries. He appointed Saadoun al-Dulaimi as acting defense minister in August 2011, but he retains control over the other 2 ministries.

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    Iraq executes four including Qaeda's Baghdad chief

    Iraq on Monday executed Al-Qaeda's former Baghdad chief and three other men convicted of terror-related offences, despite calls for a moratorium its use of the death penalty.

    The executions brought to 22 the number of times Iraq has carried out the death penalty so far this year, compared with 129 in 2012, which was among the highest such figures in the world.

    "These terrorists were executed by hanging," the justice ministry said in a statement. "They committed criminal attacks against the Iraqi people, notably in Baghdad and in (the western province of) Anbar."

    Among the group executed was Munaf Abdul Rahim al-Rawi, once described as the "governor of Baghdad" for Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq, who was arrested in March 2010.

    He has been blamed for plotting two massive attacks in the Iraqi capital in August and October of 2009 that left 250 dead in total.

    Security forces have said Rawi's arrest yielded crucial intelligence that helped lead to the killings in April 2010 of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the political leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and Abu Ayub al-Masri, the insurgent group's self-styled "minister of war".

    Iraq has executed at least 22 people so far this year, according to an AFP tally. It executed 18 people convicted of terror-related offences on March 14 and 17.

    Al-Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate said nationwide attacks on March 19 that killed 56 people were "revenge for those whom you (the government) executed".

    Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari insisted last week that Baghdad would continue to implement the death penalty in the face of widespread calls for it to issue a moratorium.

    Iraq's executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as well as Britain, the European Union and rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20130401-...-baghdad-chief
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    Iraq executes 7 convicted of terror offences

    Iraq has executed seven people convicted of terror-related offences, an official said on Monday, despite widespread calls for the country to declare a moratorium on its use of the death penalty.

    All of those executed were Iraqi men, and brought to 29 the number of times Iraq has carried out the death penalty so far this year, according to an AFP tally. Baghdad executed 129 people in 2012, among the highest such figures in the world.

    "Seven people were executed yesterday," a senior justice ministry official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The official said the men were executed after having been convicted on terror charges.

    Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari insisted last month that Baghdad would continue to implement the death penalty in the face of widespread calls for it to issue a moratorium.

    Iraq's executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as well as Britain, the European Union and rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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    Iraq executes 21 in one day over 'terror'

    Iraq has put 21 men to death, a senior justice ministry official has told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation.

    All of the men were Iraqis and had been convicted on anti-terror charges, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The latest executions brought to 50 the number of times Baghdad has carried out the death penalty so far this year, despite widespread calls for a moratorium on the country's use of capital punishment.

    Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari insisted last month that Baghdad would continue to implement the death penalty in the face of widespread calls for it to issue a moratorium.

    Iraq's executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as well as from Britain, the European Union and rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/201...ay-over-terror
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    Iraq hangs 17, mostly for terrorism

    Iraq executed 17 prisoners on Monday, all but one convicted for terrorism, shrugging off calls from international human rights organizations to reconsider the use of capital punishment.

    In a statement posted on its website, the Justice Ministry said authorities had executed 15 Iraqis and an Egyptian convicted of terrorism for carrying out crimes against the Iraqi people. The other prisoner was convicted of another unspecified criminal offense.

    Two of those hanged were women, it added, without saying when the executions were carried out. This year, a total of 67 people have been executed in the country.

    After the 2003 US-led invasion that topped longtime dictator Saddam Hussein, occupation authorities suspended Iraqs death penalty. It was reinstated in 2004 by the countrys transitional government. Since then, Iraqi governments have shown increasing enthusiasm for its use as a law-and-order tool to deter insurgents.

    According to London-based Amnesty International, Iraq was ranked fourth among the top five executioners in the world in 2011, after China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US Human rights groups have questioned whether defendants receive a fair trial.

    Meanwhile, violence continued in the country on Monday.

    Seven people were killed in different attacks in and outside the northern city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a police officer said. Six of them were civilians who were killed in shootings and bomb attacks, while the seventh was a policeman killed when a bomb hit his convoy, he added.

    A medical official confirmed the causality figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

    Mosul has been a major flashpoint in a recent surge of violence nationwide that has left more than 3,000 people dead over the past few months. The killings have raised fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/worl...SFN/story.html
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    Iraq executes three terrorist elements

    The Iraqi Ministry of Justice on Wednesday (September 4th) announced that three men convicted of terrorism crimes have been executed.

    The men were executed after their death sentences were approved by the presidency, the ministry said in a statement.

    The sentences were handed down in accordance with article 4 of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, it said.

    http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/...4/newsbrief-08

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    Iraq executes 23 people in two days

    Iraq executed 23 people during two days in September, most of them convicted on terrorism charges, the justice ministry said Tuesday.

    Twenty of the 23 were either Al-Qaeda members or otherwise involved in terrorism, while three were convicted of unspecified "criminal charges," a ministry spokesman said.

    The executions were carried out on September 22 and 26.

    They take to at least 90 the number of people who have been put to death in Iraq this year, according to an AFP tally based on reports from the ministry and officials.

    Executions in Iraq, which are usually carried out by hanging, have drawn widespread condemnation from the European Union, the United Nations and rights watchdogs.

    "The Iraqi authorities have chosen to defy repeated calls not to execute prisoners and to rely on tainted 'confessions' obtained under torture," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International said last month.

    "That a death sentence could be imposed after obviously grossly unfair trials beggars belief."

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said this year that Iraq's criminal justice system was "not functioning adequately".

    She highlighted "numerous convictions based on confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment, a weak judiciary and trial proceedings that fall short of international standards."

    "The application of the death penalty in these circumstances is unconscionable, as any miscarriage of justice as a result of capital punishment cannot be undone," Pillay said.

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    Iraq Hangs 42 Terror Convicts

    The Iraqi government says 42 prisoners have been executed over the past few days.

    The Justice Ministry said on October 10 that all 42, including a woman, were convicted of terrorism.

    The announcement came on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, organized by the French-based World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

    The latest executions bring the total number in Iraq this year to at least 132, as violence has reached a level not seen since 2008.

    The executions in Iraq are usually carried out by hanging.

    They have drawn international condemnation, with human rights groups questioning trial procedures in Iraqi courts.

    According to the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Iraq was ranked third among the world's top executioners in 2012, with 129 executions carried out, after China and Iran.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/iraq-ha.../25133032.html
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    Iraq executes 12 'terror' convicts amid surging unrest

    Iraqi authorities announced the execution of a dozen "terrorism" convicts on Monday, defying widespread international condemnation of Baghdad's use of the death penalty as violence nationwide has surged.

    The latest executions, carried out on Sunday, bring to at least 144 the total number of people put to death by Iraq so far this year, compared to 129 for all of 2012, according to an AFP tally based on reports from the justice ministry and officials.

    "Yesterday (Sunday), we executed 12 convicts," a senior justice ministry official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    "All of them were Iraqi men accused of terrorism." The official gave no further details about the men or the crimes they had been convicted of.

    Executions in Iraq, usually carried out by hanging, have increased this year despite persistent international criticism urging Baghdad to issue a moratorium on capital punishment.

    In a statement issued on World Day Against the Death Penalty last month, the justice ministry said it had executed 42 convicts in one week.

    The executions have drawn widespread condemnation from the European Union, the United Nations and rights groups.

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said this year that Iraq's criminal justice system was "not functioning adequately."

    She highlighted "numerous convictions based on confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment, a weak judiciary and trial proceedings that fall short of international standards."

    "The application of the death penalty in these circumstances is unconscionable, as any miscarriage of justice as a result of capital punishment cannot be undone," Pillay said.

    But Iraqi justice minister Hassan al-Shammari has insisted that the executions are carried out only after an exhaustive legal process.

    The growing use of the death penalty comes as violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

    More than 5,700 people have died so far this year in surging unrest that has forced Iraq to appeal for international help in combatting militancy, with the government facing criticism from diplomats and analysts saying it has not done enough to address the root causes of the bloodshed.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...w/25996955.cms
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