Iraqi court convicts 23 detainees in a week
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq, where American troops are called to testify against the suspected insurgents they have captured, convicted 23 detainees during the second week of February, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.
Charges included possession of illegal weapons, possessing fake identification, passport violations and illegal border crossing.
A Moroccan man was convicted of illegal border crossing for the purpose of becoming a suicide bomber. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Two Iraqi men were convicted of illegal possession of special category weapons after being arrested by U.S. troops near Haditha on Dec. 10.
The troops had spotted suspicious antennae on the roof of the defendants’ house. Inside they found materials for making identification cards, a timer, a circuit tester and an ammunition magazine.
In two nearby sheds, troops found rifles, handguns, explosives, hand grenades, ammunition and military radios. The two men were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The convicted included 19 Iraqis, the Moroccan, an Egyptian, a Sudanese and a Yemeni.
Since April 2004, the CCCI, which is in Baghdad, has held 1,888 trials resulting in the conviction of 1,630 individuals.