Iraq sentences Russian member of Daesh to death

A court in Iraq on Thursday sentenced to death a Russian extremist for being a member of Daesh, a judicial source said. (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Iraq sentences Russian member of Daesh to death

  • More than 300 people, including around 100 foreigners, have been sentenced to death in Iraq in the past few months.
  • Most of the convicted foreigners are Turkish or come from former Soviet states.

BAGHDAD: A court in Iraq on Thursday sentenced to death a Russian extremist for being a member of Daesh, a judicial source said.
The person who received the sentence in Baghdad’s central criminal court was only identified by the name Hassanov, said the same source.
More than 300 people, including around 100 foreigners, have been sentenced to death in Iraq in the past few months, while many others have received life sentences, according to the source.
Most of the convicted foreigners are Turkish or come from former Soviet states.
A German woman and a French woman were recently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Hundreds of Iraqis appear in court near-daily, accused of being militants.
On Wednesday, two Iraqi defendants were released, a judicial source told AFP.
Daesh took over nearly one third of Iraq in a blistering 2014 offensive, seizing control of the country’s second largest city, Mosul, among others.
Baghdad declared military victory over the extremists in December, after expelling them from all urban centers.
During its three-year long self-proclaimed caliphate, Daesh perpetrated “crimes against humanity,” according to a UN commission of inquiry that has called for the group’s leaders to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.
The president of the court of appeals in eastern Baghdad met David Marshall, an official at the UN’s Human Rights Office, on Thursday.
Marshall said a UN delegation would visit Iraq soon, according to a statement by Iraq’s judiciary.


EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

Updated 20 August 2018
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EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

  • ‘Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions’
  • The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August

ANKARA: Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that was abandoned by US President Donald Trump in May, Iranian state TV reported.
“Europeans and other signatories of the deal (China and Russia) have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow. It should be accelerated,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a weekly news conference broadcast live on state TV.
“Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions.”
European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal since US withdrawal from the deal, which Trump said was “deeply flawed.”
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August, targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry.