CCCI convicts 48 insurgents

Via CENTCOM :
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CCCI convicts 48 insurgents
Three sentenced to death, eight sentenced to life

Jan. 03, 2007
MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 48 security detainees from December 8 to 28, for various crimes including murder, kidnapping, illegal possession of special category weapons, violation of the terrorist laws, failure to renew resident identification, possessing and using a fake ID, use or attempted use of explosives, and illegal border crossing.

The trial court found a Syrian man and a Saudi Arabian man guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. The defendants were captured June 19 in a targeted raid on Al-Qaeda members. The defendants were found guarding a house containing a hostage and both admitted that they were responsible for guarding the hostage. On Dec. 26 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced the men to death.

The trial court found a Sudanese man guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. Iraqi Army Soldiers apprehended the defendant July 7, during a random bus stop. The defendant is a media leader for Al-Qaeda and produced videos and flyers for the organization. The defendant confessed to being a member of Al-Qaeda multiple times to both Iraqi and Multi-National Forces. On Dec. 12 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced him to death.

The trial court found two Iraqi men guilty of kidnapping in violation of Article 421 of the Iraqi Penal Code. MNF apprehended the defendants Aug. 30, after spotting them randomly stopping vehicles outside of Kirkuk. The defendants were armed with AK-47s and stopped a minivan full of people. The two defendants and two other men force the people from the vehicle and starting beating one individual. They then forced this individual into the trunk of a BMW and drove away. As MNF followed the BMW two men with the defendants exited the vehicle and ran away. The defendants then surrendered and MNF were able to free the hostage. On Dec. 13 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced both men to life imprisonment.

The trial court found an Iraqi man guilty of illegal possession of special category weapons in violation of Order 3/2003. MNF captured the defendant Sept. 27, while conducting a raid on his residence. A search of the residence revealed two large weapons caches consisting of RPG rounds, RPG launchers, mortar tubes, hand grenades, AK-47s, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as execution hoods. The weapons caches were found hidden on the roof and basement of the defendant’s home. On Dec. 13 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

The trial court found two Iraqi men guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. MNF captured the defendants in their home in Ramadi Sept. 24 after following wires leading from an IED in the road to the defendant’s home. On Dec. 14 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced the men to life imprisonment.

The trial court found three Iraqi men guilty of use or attempted use of explosives, in violation of Article 345 of the Iraqi Penal Code. MNF captured the defendants Aug. 25 after spotting a vehicle driving away from an IED site near Rutba in Al Anbar Province. Upon stopping the vehicle MNF discovered seven 115mm High Explosive Rounds – the same type used to make the discovered IED. On Dec. 19 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced the men to life imprisonment.

The trial court found an Iraqi man guilty of murder and illegal possession of special category weapons in violations of Article 405 of the Iraqi Penal Code and Order 3/2003. MNF captured the defendant Sept. 30, after a spotting him and another man placing an IED. After a chase through the desert the defendant and another man exited his vehicle and took up a defensive position and fired upon MNF vehicles killing the driver of one MNF vehicle. The other insurgent placed his hands on his head in order to surrender to MNF. When MNF exited their vehicles to apprehend the surrendering man, he and the defendant fired upon MNF, killing another Soldier. Further fire killed the defendant’s companion. The defendant then surrendered. Two grenades were found in his possession. On Dec. 17 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced him to two fifteen year sentences, for a total of thirty years imprisonment.

Those convicted of illegal possession of special category weapons, failure to renew resident identification, possessing and using a fake ID, and illegal border crossing, were sentenced from between two years to 30 years imprisonment. Those convicted included 28 Iraqis three from Saudi Arabia, two from Yemen and one each from Jordan, Syria and Sudan.

Since its reorganization, under an amendment to CPA order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 1,809 trials for Coalition-apprehended insurgents. The proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,569 individuals with sentences ranging up to death.
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Emphasis mine. ~ed

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