Iraqi court sentences 27 men to death for involvement in Speicher massacre


An Iraqi criminal court has sentenced over two dozen men to death for their alleged involvement in the 2014 Speicher massacre by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in the north-central province of Salahuddin.

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday handed down death penalty to 27 suspects who aided DaeshTakfiris to carry out the horrific carnage, the Arabic-language al-Sumeria television news agency quoted Abdul-Sattar Bairaqdar, the council’s spokesperson, as saying.

He also said that 25 other suspects in the case were released due to the lack of evidence against them, adding that the rulings could be appealed at the Court of Cassation.

On June 12, 2014, Daesh terrorists abducted about 1,700 Iraqi air force cadets from the Camp Speicher, a former US base, situated on the outskirts of the provincial capital Tikrit, the hometown of Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein. There were reportedly about 4,000 unarmed cadets in the camp when it came under attack by the militants.


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