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Iraq executes 10, including Egyptian, over terrorist acts

English.news.cn   2012-11-11 20:12:34            

BAGHDAD, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Justice on Sunday announced that it has executed 10 people, including an Egyptian, over terror charges, despite international calls on Baghdad to end the death penalty in the country.

"Ten convicted people were executed in the morning, including an Egyptian, in accordance with the anti-terrorism law," a ministry official anonymously told Xinhua without giving further details.

Increasing executions in Iraq sparked calls by the UN mission in the country, the European Union and human rights groups on Baghdad to abolish the capital punishment, criticizing the lack of transparency in the proceedings of the country's courts.

Death penalty was suspended for more than a year in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion of the country. Paul Bremer, then U.S. administrator in Iraq, suspended the penalty on June 10, 2003.

However, the Iraqi government reinstated the capital punishment on Aug. 8, 2004, saying that it would curb the widespread violence in the country. Since then, scores of people have been executed, including toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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