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

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.


Iran breaks its record for most new coronavirus cases in one day

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Iran breaks its record for most new coronavirus cases in one day

  • Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks
TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission.
Iran’s health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new infection count on Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week, shining a light on the nation’s floundering efforts to combat the virus.
Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks. Monday’s death toll shattered its previous single-day record, prompting state news outlets to declare it a “black day.”
Hospitals in the hard-hit capital of Tehran are overflowing. Last week, health officials announced that the city had run out of intensive care beds for virus patients.
The increase comes after Iranians packed cafes and restaurants at vacation spots during recent national holidays, and after schools reopened for in-person instruction last month.
The government has resisted a total lockdown because it does not want to further weaken an economy already devastated by unprecedented US sanctions. The Trump administration re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran after withdrawing in 2018 from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers.
With the death toll skyrocketing, authorities are now starting to impose more restrictions. The government closed museums, libraries, beauty salons, schools and universities in Tehran earlier this month, and imposed a mask mandate outdoors.