IRAQ: 11 PRISONERS EXECUTED OVER TERROR CHARGES
November 24, 2013: The Iraqi Ministry of Justice executed 11 convicted prisoners over terror charges, despite international calls on Baghdad to end the death penalty in the country.
A statement issued by the ministry said that the convicts were all Iraqi men, adding the executions were carried out on Sunday (November 24) after the presidency approved their penalties according to the Iraqi law.
The increasing of executions in Iraq sparked calls to stop use of capital punishment by the UN mission in Iraq, the European Union and some international human rights groups, which have criticized the lack of transparency in the proceedings of the Iraqi courts. (Sources: Xinhua, 26/11/2013)