Seven hanged in Iraq for al-Qaeda membership

Published September 1st, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Iraqis carry a coffin during the funeral of members from the Iraqi government forces and Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilization units, who were killed in battles against Daesh, on August 25, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
Iraqis carry a coffin during the funeral of members from the Iraqi government forces and Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilization units, who were killed in battles against Daesh, on August 25, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)

Seven men were hanged on Wednesday in Iraq after being convicted of belonging to al-Qaeda, AFP reported.

The seven men of different Arab nationalities were arrested more than four years ago and were found guilty of taking part in extremist activities with al-Qaeda, the group that later gave rise to Daesh.

"Death sentences by hanging were carried out Wednesday against seven terrorists from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Palestine, Syria and Jordan in Nasiriyah prison," said Dakhel Radhi, a member of the provincial council of Dhiqar in southern Iraq.

An anonymous official in the Nasiriyah prison administration said the seven had been jailed for more than four years, and added that around 60 other convicts from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Algeria, and Libya, were also being held on similar charges in the same prison.

It is not known how many of them have been sentenced to death.

In a separate case, Iraq hanged 36 men on August 21 who had been convicted over the 2014 massacre of up to 1,700 military recruits.


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