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The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 41 people at the end of March for violations ranging from attacking coalition forces to crossing borders illegally.

One individual who was sentenced to death was found to have a decapitated human head in his freezer and components for explosives at his home, officials said.

Apprehended last December and sentenced on March 27, the person was allegedly a leader of a cell linked to al-Qaida in Iraq who issued threatening statements.

The court sentenced two people to life imprisonment who were spotted by coalition forces as they fired mortars towards Camp Freedom on Sept. 3, 2004.

They were apprehended after a firefight that injured them and killed two others.

A search of the vehicle the individuals were riding revealed one 60 mm mortar, five mortar rounds, one hand grenade, an AK-47 and documents showing they received money for carrying out attacks on the forces.

Thirty-three individuals were convicted of possessing illegal weapons and received sentences ranging from three to 30 years’ imprisonment.

Other people were convicted and given prison sentences for fake identification and passport violations.

Since its establishment in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 1,993 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by coalition forces.

The Iraqi court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,747 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death.


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