The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where U.S. troops often are called upon to testify against the alleged insurgents they arrest — convicted another 29 suspects between May 31 and June 13 on charges including weapons possession, joining armed groups, passport violations and illegal border crossing.
The prison sentences handed down ranged from 15 years to six months, U.S. military officials said Monday.
Once convicted, all defendants are handed over to Iraqi custody. To date, the CCCI has held 1,229 trials of suspected insurgents, resulting in 1,066 convictions.
Among the latest batch of cases was that of Haider Hassan Karim, Abbas Ali Hussein, Tamem Saleh Awad, Ahmed Ali Kazim, Yousef Mohammed Amine, Mohammed Shibab Naif, Arshad Rasheed Majeed and Kazim Jawad Ali, who were tried together and found guilty of illegal weapons possession.
Each of the eight men was sentenced to 15 years in prison. U.S. forces arrested the men after finding vehicles that contained four AK-47s, an 82mm mortar, seven 82mm mortar rounds, an RPK with 600 rounds of ammunition, four rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 16 RPGs.
In another case, Saher Ali Jaber was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment after coalition forces apprehended him and seven other men with 2,000 rounds of PKC ammunition, 16 RPG rockets, night-vision binoculars, two hand grenades, seven RPG launchers, four PK machine guns, four AK-47 magazines, 20 rounds of Dragunov armor-piercing rounds, one half pound of C4 explosive and 24 sticks of rocket propellant.
The charge against the seven other defendants had been previously dismissed.
Another suspect, Rahman Lilman Mujbur, was found guilty of illegally entering Iraq and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. He was caught while trying to illegally enter Iraq from Iran, officials said.
Two Sudanese men, Awad al-Karim Kissamalla and Yousef al-Tayed Fadle al-Sayed, were convicted of breaking the Iraqi Passport Law and sentenced to three years each.
The men were arrested after a search of their house revealed a false wall hiding bomb-making materials, officials said.