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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Iraq says seven men convicted of 'terrorism' executed

Iraq has faced criticism from rights groups over the death sentences handed down by its anti-terrorist courts

This photo released by Iraq's Ministry of Justice on June 29, 2018, shows nine blindfolded prisoners awaiting their execution. AP
This photo released by Iraq's Ministry of Justice on June 29, 2018, shows nine blindfolded prisoners awaiting their execution. AP

Iraq hanged seven citizens convicted of terrorism, the head of the health ministry in the southern province of Dhi Qar said on Monday.

Dr Abdel Hassan Al Jabri said the bodies of the men were sent to the morgue of the state hospital of Nassiriya, the provincial capital, on Monday.

They had been tried and convicted on charges of "terrorism", he said.

In December, Iraq declared "victory" over ISIS after a three-year war against the militants who seized nearly one-third of the country.

In June, Iraq executed 13 militants after ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of eight civilians.

The country has repeatedly faced criticism from international human rights groups over the high number of death sentences by its anti-terrorist courts.

In 2017, at least 111 convicts were hanged in Iraq and this year 44 people have been executed.

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