View Full Version : Iraq has executed 65 people so far this year

9th February 2012, 12:42
Iraq has executed 65 people so far this year | World news | The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/09/iraq-executes-65-people-2012)

Cheese louise, 14 hangings in one day - Iraqi judges would have a field day if they were on secondment over here.

raqi authorities executed at least 65 people in the first 40 days of 2012 for various offences, including 14 on a single day, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Joe Stork, the group's deputy Middle East director, said Iraqi authorities appeared to have given the "green light to execute at will".

The New York-based advocacy group said trials often violated international standards. Many defendants were unable to challenge the evidence against them, which may include coerced confession.

HRW said an Iraqi justice official said 14 people were put to death on Wednesday alone, and that further executions should be expected.

The report said Iraq authorises the death penalty for close to 50 crimes including terrorism, kidnapping and murder, but also for offences such as damage to public property.