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.


Arab summit to address economic crisis in Mideast: Lebanon’s Aoun

Updated 26 min 19 sec ago
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Arab summit to address economic crisis in Mideast: Lebanon’s Aoun

  • Aoun proposed an initiative that includes the establishment of an Arab bank for reconstruction and development
  • During the Arab summit, leaders will also discuss the plight of the Syrian refugees

The Arab Economic and Social Development summit held in Lebanon will address the economic crisis in the region, President Michel Aoun said on Sunday.

Aoun proposed an initiative that includes the establishment of an Arab bank for reconstruction and development.

“I call on the Arab parties to meet in Beirut to discuss the Arab Bank’s reconstruction initiative,” he said.

During the Arab summit, leaders will also discuss the plight of the Syrian refugees.  

“We are working on solutions to the crisis of the displaced,” Anoun said, calling on the international community to secure a safe return of displaced Syrians to their country.

In his opening remarks, Anoun apologized for the other Arab leaders who were unable to attend.

Only three heads of state — from Qatar, Mauritania and Somalia — attended the summit, however, shortly after it began, Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left.