The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where U.S. soldiers are often called to testify against the suspected insurgents they arrest — convicted 17 men last week on charges ranging from murder to illegal weapons possession.

The most curious case was that of Amer Ali Hussein, who was found guilty of murder for killing a coalition soldier enforcing a curfew put in place after the Samarra shrine bombing in February. Hussein was sentenced to only three years in prison, officials said.

U.S. troops “searched the compound where the shots came from and found the defendant standing with his hands in the air, with an AK-47 and multiple rounds of ammunition lying on the ground. The defendant confessed to coalition forces that he shot and killed the soldier, but claimed he thought they were roaming enemy militia,” according to a news release issued by the Multi-National Force-Iraq press office on Wednesday.

In the same week, the court found Amer Hammad Nahar guilty of possessing illegal weapons and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. U.S. troops arrested Nahar after searching two vehicles and a house where they found 10 rocket-propelled grenades, four RPG launchers, two RPKs (Soviet machine guns) with ammunition, bomb-making materials and six AK-47 rifles.

Another man, Abed Alrahman Wasif, a Syrian, was convicted of breaking the Iraqi Passport Law by sneaking into Iraq to join the insurgency, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The other 14 men convicted were sentenced to between six months and 10 years for their crimes.

The CCCI has held 1,199 trials of suspected insurgents, resulting in 1,037 convictions.

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