Iraq sentences seven to death

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 14:30 hrs

Baghdad, Dec 11 (IANS) A court in Iraq Tuesday sentenced seven people to death for their involvement in killing 22 Shia Muslims in 2011, Xinhua reported.

The criminal court in the western province of Anbar ordered the seven to be hanged for their role in the September 2011 execution-style killings of 22 male bus passengers in al-Nakhib area.

Gunmen stopped a bus travelling from Syria to al-Nakhib, and drove the bus several kilometres away with 22 male passengers on board.

The 22 men were later found shot dead, while other eight passengers, all of them women and children, were spared.

Death penalty in Iraq was suspended for over a year after the US-led invasion of the country. Paul Bremer, then US administrator for Iraq, suspended its use in June 2003.

However, the Iraqi government reinstated capital punishment in August 2004, saying that it would curb the widespread violence in the country.

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