Ten are convicted by Iraq criminal court
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq, where U.S. troops often are called to testify against those they’ve arrested, convicted another 10 people last week for crimes including using explosives, possession of illegal weapons and passport violations.
In one case, the court found Ra’ad Abdul Sattar Najim guilty of illegal weapons possession and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Troops had arrested him after searching his property and finding a 12.7 mm machine gun, two 155 mm artillery rounds, gunpowder and an AK-47.
Two other men were convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after they were apprehended while preparing to emplace a roadside bomb consisting of an anti-tank mine, three sticks of PE-4, 10 feet of detonation cord and two blasting caps.
Another man, Monef Mohammed Isma’il Mohammed Al-Ta’ee, was sentenced to two years in prison after being arrested with three AK-47s, a Lebanese passport, an Iraqi passport, a gas mask with filter, five Iraqi police shirts, two Iraqi police arm brassards, a blue Kevlar police helmet and a switch timer for explosives.
If convicted, the defendants serve their sentences in Iraqi prisons. To date, the CCCI has held 1,287 trials, resulting in 1,098 individual convictions, officials said Monday.