Iraqi court convicts 18 people
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where American troops often testify against the suspected insurgents they’ve arrested — convicted 18 people between Feb. 25 and March 1, the U.S. military said Thursday.
The crimes included joining an armed group, possession of illegal weapons and illegal border-crossing.
Two Iraqi men were sentenced to life imprisonment after being implicated in at least six roadside bomb attacks. They were arrested Nov. 11, 2006.
Another man was given a life sentence after being convicted of illegal border-crossing. The man — whose nationality was not released — was arrested in February 2005 in Ramadi, officials said.
Two other Iraqi men were sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for possession of illegal weapons. One was arrested Dec. 23, 2006, after troops near Rawah raided his compound and found weapons, ammunition, grenades, shaped charges and other explosives.
Since April 2004, the CCCI has held 1,922 trials resulting in the conviction of 1,658 individuals.