Between Aug. 18-24, 25 people were convicted of various crimes, including illegal border crossing, weapons possession and joining armed groups, by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. Two were sentenced to life imprisonment.
American troops often testify at the hearings, held in Baghdad.
Although one man was sentenced to a single year in prison for entering Iraq illegally, the majority of the offenders received at least a 10-year sentence, according to a Multi-National Force-Iraq press release.
A laundry list of small arms, rockets and do-it-yourself bomb material was found in the possession of many of the guilty men, as were anti-coalition propaganda, artillery shells and timers frequently used in the making of roadside bombs, the release said.
Several of the convicted were captured while fleeing the scenes of roadside bomb or small-arms attacks. One man’s mobile phone rang during his arrest. The voice on the other end asked, “Did you blow up the bomb and record it?”
To date, the CCCI has held 1,414 trials, resulting in 1,214 individual convictions, officials said.