The Central Criminal Court of Iraq in Baghdad convicted 24 detainees for crimes including possession of illegal weapons, using explosives and illegal border crossing.

The convictions were handed down June 19-27. The stiffer sentences included:

Life imprisonment

Abd-Al-Rahman Shakh Ru Dinor, found guilty of illegal border crossing, travelling from Iran to Iraq.

15 years

Nabil Ibrahim Khaleffa, Samir Abed Muslih and Majeed Muthi Saad, for illegal weapons possession, including AK-47s, fragmentary grenades, ammunition and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher.

Omar Radam Khalaf, illegal weapons possession. A search of his house revealed five hand grenades, 21 mortars, nine surface-to-air missiles, 50 kilograms of explosives, an anti-tank mine, hand-held radios altered with wires, pressure wire switches and a variety of ammunition.

10 years

Wayel Emeel Joseph/Sarkees, illegal border crossing. He admitted he was from Syria.

NaFi’a Dawoud Salman Abed Halbus, illegal weapons possession. He was found near a weapons cache containing six RPG launchers, five pounds of explosives and 180 mortar rounds.

Six years

Jasim Mohammed Shakker, illegal weapons possession. A search of a vehicle he was in revealed anti-coalition propaganda; an anti-tank grenade fell out of his clothing.

Osman Issa Mahmoud, possession of illegal weapons. A search of a home he shared revealed one AK-47, six magazines, a bag of electronic parts, a video camera, a bag of two-way radios, two strands of detonation cord and 1.5 pounds of plastic explosives.

Ismael Ibrahim Hassani, possession of illegal weapons. A potato sack he was carrying contained 10 RPG rockets.

Mohammed Hamdan Hussein, possession of illegal weapons. A search of his house revealed two AK-47s, an RPG grenade launcher and several RPG rockets.

Ahmed Salim Al Shlem, guilty of illegally entering Iraq. The Syrian national did not have a passport.

Other defendants received from one to three years for charges related to weapons and explosives.

If convicted, defendants are turned over to the Iraqi Corrections Service to serve their sentences.

The court has held 1,318 trials of suspected insurgents, resulting in 1,128 convictions with sentences ranging up to death.

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