ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced to death one of the assassins of the head of the Passport Directorate of Babylon (Babil) province, Commander Safa al-Dulaimi.
In late-June, a group of gunmen intercepted the director’s vehicle and killed him with machine gun fire.
Shortly after, Iraqi security authorities claimed to have arrested the commander’s assassins. However, the fate of the other detainees is yet unknown.
About two weeks ago, local police forces in Babil said a sticky bomb exploded under the car of an officer who was assigned to investigate Dulaimi’s case. The officer survived the attack.
The officer in charge played “a significant role in uncovering the circumstances of the assassination of” the commander, the police noted.
“The Criminal Court of Babil has issued a verdict after reviewing the case of the man accused of killing passport director in the province and sentenced him to death,” the Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement.
The statement added that “the court found that the evidence obtained, including surveillance cameras and confessions, during the investigations are sufficient to criminalize the accused and issued its decision to hang him until dead in accordance with the provisions of Article IV of the anti-terrorism law.”
Different human rights organizations, including the United Nations, have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the rising number of death sentences in Iraq.
Aside from their condemnation, the organizations warn Iraqi authorities’ efforts to escalate the implementation of death sentences could lead to the execution of innocent people.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany