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The Central Criminal Court in Iraq convicted 14 men from various countries of crimes ranging from possession of improvised bomb parts to illegal border crossing in a string of trials at the end of January, according to a statement from Multi-National Force–Iraq released Friday.

Among the men were four Iraqi males caught near Rawah in September 2006 with a speed-bump-style improvised bomb in their car with 15 to 20 pounds of explosives packed into it, the release said. All four were sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In three of the other convictions, men from Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were found guilty of being in Iraq illegally. Each was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the release.

The other seven convictions were for various weapons and passport violations, for which men received lighter sentences.


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