IRAQ HANDS 2 SAUDIS DEATH, 3 ON THE LIST
November 3, 2015: Iraqâ€™s Central Criminal Court has sentenced two Saudis to death by hanging after finding them guilty on terrorism charges, with three others likely to share the same fate, according to a report in a local publication.
However, Hamed Ahmed, the Saudi lawyer who represented the two men in Iraq has claimed the verdict was politically motivated. He said his clients, Batal Al-Harbi and Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani, were the victims of the countryâ€™s political turbulence.
Ahmed further claimed that there was little evidence to prove they committed crimes that would justify the death penalty.
He said he would appeal the decision and file a motion with the Iraqi Supreme Court. A decision on the appeal was likely to be made next year, he said.
Al-Harbi was sentenced to death on Oct. 26 for having joined an armed group and attempting to launch a suicide attack. He was one of 25 people arrested in 2011 and accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda.
Ahmad said three other Saudis, currently facing trial in a court next to Baghdad International Airport, are also likely to be sentenced to death. (Sources: ARAB NEWS, 04/11/2015)