27 persons have been sentenced to death for mass killing of soldiers. An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced the 27 people to death for mass killings of 1,700 soldiers when IS militants seized Tikrit in June 2014. “The Central Criminal Court issued a verdict to execute the 27 after establishing that they were involved in Speicher massacre,” Abdul Al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council said.
“The defendants were found guilty as the evidences were enough for their conviction,’’ Biraqdar said, adding that the court also released 25 other defendants for lack of evidences. Biraqdar said the death sentences are preliminary and subject to review by the Court of Cassation (an appellate courts of the highest instance).
In June 2014, armed Sunni insurgents, spearheaded by IS group, an al-Qaida offshoot, launched a surprise offensive on Iraqi security forces and captured a large part of the country’s northern and western territories after government troops abandoned their posts and military equipment