Iraq: 11 sentenced to death for roles in blasts
A court in Baghdad on Thursday sentenced 11 Iraqis to death for their roles in a series of bombing attacks that rocked the capital last August. The explosions killed more than 100 people.
According to the AP, Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar conveyed a criminal court in Baghdad's eastern Risafa district found the 11 defendants guilty of financing, planning and participating in the Aug. 19 bombings that hit the foreign and finance ministries. "Today an Iraqi criminal court imposed a death sentence against 11 criminals who have been convicted of implementing, planning and funding the bomb events that targeted the finance and foreign ministries," Bayrkdar was quoted as saying by Reuters.
According to Bayrkdar, the defendants have a month to appeal the death sentences, which were handed down with the ruling.