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The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where suspected insurgents are often prosecuted with the help of testimony from the U.S. troops who detained them — announced another set of verdicts from cases tried over the past two weeks. Fourteen convictions were handed down, with 12 of the trials resulting in life sentences for the defendants.

The court, in downtown Baghdad just outside the Green Zone, operates in the new Iraqi justice system. Soldiers are sometimes called to testify, while defense attorneys have complained about access to their clients and the amount of information and evidentiary access they are given by prosecutors.

Since the trials began, officials said, the CCCI has heard 1,053 cases. Nearly 950 of those have resulted in convictions, officials said.

According to the U.S. military command in Iraq, one those convicted this month was a man named Ammar Fat’hi Hassan Hussein, who was found guilty of joining terrorist groups to “endanger innocent people’s lives and to unsettle the stability and security of Iraq.”

Ammar was a leader of a group of fighters in Mosul, officials said; three other members of that cell testified against Ammar at his trial. Ammar was given a life sentence.

In another case, Ra’ad Dawood Salman Al Zobai was found guilty of illegal weapons possession and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

He was apprehended after soldiers found 1,500 rounds of 7.72 mm ammunition, 50 AK-47 magazines, and Iraqi police uniforms and documents in his house. Timers, batteries, blasting caps, thirty feet of detonation cord, five grenades, five pounds of C-4 explosive, bags of gunpowder and other items were allegedly found in his yard.

In another case, the court found 11 other defendants guilty of weapons charges and sentenced each of them to life. The men were allegedly running a militant training camp.

Those convicted in the CCCI serve their time in Iraqi prisons, officials said.

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