Iraqi PM orders immediate execution of ‘all convicted terrorists’

Al Jazeera, june 28,2018

At least
300 people, including around 100 foreign women, are on death row in Iraq and
hundreds bagged life imprisonment.
Most of
the women convicted by Iraqi authorities are from former Soviet republics [AFP]
Prime Minister Haider
on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of all
convicted “terrorists” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL,
also known as ISIS) group, on death row, in swift retaliation for the group’s
execution of eight captives.
“ordered the immediate execution of terrorists condemned to death whose
sentences have passed the decisive stage,” his office said, referring to
convicts whose appeals have been exhausted.
He had
vowed to avenge the deaths of ISIL captives, a day after their bodies were
found along a highway north of the capital, Baghdad.
security and military forces will take forceful revenge against these terrorist
cells,” he told senior military officials and ministers.
promise that we will kill or arrest those who committed this crime,” he
corpses, found on Wednesday at Tel Sharaf in Salaheddin province, were
decomposing and had been strapped with explosive vests, the army said.
included six abductees who had appeared in an ISIL video with badly bruised
claimed they were Iraqi police officers or members of the Hashed al-Shaabi
paramilitary force.
More than
300 people, including around 100 foreign women, have been condemned to death in
Iraq and hundreds of others to life imprisonment for membership of the ISIL
group, a judicial source said in April.
Most of
the convicted women are from former Soviet republics, while a Russian man and a
Belgian national are also on death row.
declared victory over ISIL in December after expelling the fighters from all
urban centres including second city Mosul in a vast
military campaign.
But the
Iraqi military has kept up operations targeting mostly desert areas along the
porous border with Syria.