20 February 2018

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07/09/2015 IRAQ

Baghdad, 24 alleged Islamic State members sentenced to death

Judges maintain they were involved in the June 2014 massacre at Camp Speicher, where about 1,700 soldiers (mostly Shiite) were killed. The defendants plead not guilty and speak of torture in prison to extract confessions.

Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - An Iraqi court has sentenced 24 alleged Islamic State militants to death, for their involvement in the Camp Speicher military base massacre in June 2014. All the accused, of Iraqi nationality, have pleaded not guilty and claim that police officers, used torture to extract a confession. The judges denied the charges and handed down the sentence "on the basis of overwhelming evidence."

Now the decision will be sent to the Baghdad High Court, which will have to decide whether to endorse it or not. According to a court spokesman, another 604 people are involved in the massacre of the soldiers and are "on the national police wanted list". Ali Abdul Hamza, brother of one of the victims, said: "We are relieved to see that justice has run its course, and that these criminals have been given the most severe penalty".

In June 2014 an Islamic State commando attacked the military base at Camp Speicher and killed about 1,700 soldiers, mostly Shiite recruits. The terrorists later posted photos and video of the massacre online. After the reconquer of Tikrit by Iraqi forces, dozens of people were arrested in relation to this brutal incident.

At the moment the team of forensics are exhuming the victims in mass graves or thrown into the river Tigris, in order to analyze the remains. About 470 bodies have been already reassembled, but the government made it clear that this "will continue in order to give them all a proper burial."

See also

22/08/2016 09:41:00 IRAQ
Iraq executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits

The execution took place by hanging. The militiamen are members of the Islamic State, who attacked the military training base in 2014. A massacre published online by Daesh which had provoked anger and outrage in the country. Criticism of activists and pro-human rights NGOs that denounce summary trials.

05/11/2006 IRAQ
Saddam Hussein to hang for crimes against humanity

For Iraq's current Prime Minister the sentence ends the dark period of the tyranny.  Others call it the outcome of US manipulation. Iraqi President Talabani refuses to sign the death sentence since he personally opposes the death penalty.

02/03/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad launches offensive to wrest Tikrit from Islamic State
Military operation in Salahuddin province, an Islamic fundamentalist stronghold north of Baghdad. The security forces and Shiite militiamen have launched an assault on the city, with air and artillery support. Premier Abadi appeals to Sunni fighters, urging them to abandon the jihadists. "It's their last chance."

15/11/2014 IRAQ
Iraq, Army free Baiji from Islamic State control
The area is the largest in the country for oil extraction, it alone accounts for 25% of total production. Control of the area means control of the Islamic extremists supply lines.

12/03/2015 IRAQ
Retaking Tikrit, a probable victory with major political risks
Baghdad has highlighted the cooperation of Sunni tribal groups with the army and Shia "volunteers", hoping to break the link between Sunnis and the Islamic State group. However, the presence of the Iranian revolutionary guards and the fear of reprisals against Saddam Hussein's hometown threaten to undermine expectations.

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