Friday, March 10, 2006

Really Good News from Iraq

It's high time the Iraq government moved forward in meting out justice to the terrorists captured:

Iraqi authorities yesterday hanged 13 insurgents, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since Saddam Hussein was ousted. [...]

"The competent authorities have today carried out the death sentences of 13 terrorists," a Cabinet statement said.

The announcement listed the name of only one of those hanged, Shukair Farid, a former policeman in the northern city of Mosul, who purportedly confessed that he had worked with Syrian foreign fighters to enlist fellow Iraqis to kill police and civilians.

The statement said Farid had "confessed that foreigners recruited him to spread the fear through killings and abductions."

A judicial official said the death sentences were handed down in separate trials and were carried out in Baghdad.

In September, Iraq hanged three convicted murderers, the first executions since Saddam's ouster in April 2003. They were convicted of killing three police officers, kidnapping and rape.

Capital punishment was suspended during the formal U.S. occupation, which ended in June 2004, and the Iraqis reinstated the penalty two months later for those found guilty of murder, endangering national security and distributing drugs, saying it was necessary to help put down the persistent insurgency. [....]
Here's hoping this is indicates a ramping up of these exercises. It's too bad there was more pronounced coverage by the media.


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