IRAQ: JUSTICE MINISTRY ANNOUNCES EXECUTION OF 22 CONVICTS
May 23, 2016: Iraq has executed 22 people over the past month who were convicted of terrorism and other crimes, the justice minister announced.
The ministry "carried out death sentences against 22 convicts condemned for crimes and terrorist acts," Justice Minister Haidar al-Zamili said in a statement.
It also quoted Zamili as saying that with the start of the Iraqi operation to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State (IS) group, "We confirm ... that the ministry is continuing to carry out just punishment against terrorists."
Rights group Amnesty International said that Baghdad executed at least 26 people in 2015.
Iraq sentenced nearly 100 people to death within the first two months of 2016, the group said in a February report. (Sources: middleeasteye.net, 24/05/2016)