Iraq criminal court convicts 25 alleged insurgents, giving 6 death sentences
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where U.S. servicemembers testify against the suspected insurgents they arrest — has convicted another 25 people, including six who were given death sentences.
According to the U.S. military, four men were sentenced to death March 14 after being convicted of plotting and filming roadside bomb attacks.
U.S. troops found an anti-tank mine near one of their vehicles, along with a video camera and video tape in the vehicle’s glove compartment. The videotape showed the men manufacturing roadside bombs; the men also had “detailed instructions on how to use a sniper rifle and scope,” officials said.
A fifth man was given a death sentence in a separate trial after being convicted of attacking a police recruiting center in Fallujah on Dec. 18. He and two other insurgents used rocket-propelled grenades and a PKM machine gun in the attack; the two others were killed in the resulting firefight.
The sixth death sentence resulted from an arrest near Rutba on Dec. 9. Iraqi police found four feet of detonation cord, ten electric blasting caps, sixteen 120mm mortars and two 155mm explosive mortar projectiles in the suspect’s vehicle.
Since April 2004, the CCCI has held 1,965 trials of suspected criminals apprehended by coalition troops, resulting in 1,706 convictions.