ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A criminal court in Iraq’s Diyala province on Monday said it handed a death sentence to a man found guilty of involvement in the killing of three professors at a local university.
According to the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq, the convicted will face the death penalty (via hanging) after the Diyala Criminal Court pronounced the sentence following a trial.
The victims were faculty members at the University of Diyala, located north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
“The second body of the Diyala Criminal Court has considered the case of a terrorist who confessed to killing three citizens and wounding another, all of them working at Diyala University, after an attack he led with other militants belonging to terrorist organizations,” a spokesperson for the Judicial Council’s media center said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear to which terror organization the suspect belonged.
The statement also noted that he had confessed to shooting the victims in the village of Ibn Khaldun.
“The sentence of the convict comes in accordance with the provisions of Article IV/1 of the Anti-Terrorism Law No. 13 of 2005.”
Iraq has been highly criticized for its implementation of capital punishment in recent years. The death penalty in Iraq was suspended on June 10, 2003, but was reinstated the following year.
International groups and human rights organizations, including the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, say efforts by Iraqi authorities to accelerate the implementation of death sentences could lead to the execution of innocent people, pointing to major flaws endemic to the nation’s deficient criminal justice system.
Editing by John J. Catherine