The Central Criminal Court of Iraq — where American soldiers often are called to testify against the alleged insurgents they have arrested — announced another dozen convictions this week, including one case that resulted in a death sentence.
Four of the other men convicted were sentenced to life in prison. The cases were heard between May 10 and May 16, with charges ranging from murder to illegal weapons possession to joining, leading and organizing armed groups.
The death penalty case involved a man named Mahdi Ahmed Musa Ali al Jabouri, who was found guilty of “organizing, heading, leading, joining armed groups and murder.” The man had been arrested in Mosul and allegedly “regularly kidnapped people, interrogated them and then killed them, frequently in front of their families,” according to a U.S. military news release about the convictions.
He also allegedly attacked Iraqi police stations with sniper shots and rocket-propelled grenades, stole computers and weapons, and set the stations on fire.
The four men sentenced to life in prison — identified as Kareem Abdellah Sabbar, Munzir Ali Khamis, Qasey Hamid Abid and Khaleel Abid Al-Hussein Ali — had all been tried on weapons charges.
According to U.S. officials, the CCCI has held 1,069 trials of alleged insurgents; those trials have resulted in 960 convictions.
Those convicted in the court serve their time in Iraqi prisons.