Thursday, March 09, 2006

Iraqi authorities execute 13 terrorists "wild, wild west" style

Strung 'em up to be exact...

The Iraqi authorities have hanged 13 people accused of taking part in the insurgency, the first execution of militants since the US-led invasion.
"The competent authorities have today carried out the death sentences of 13 terrorists," a cabinet statement said.

The name of only one of those executed was released. Shuqair Farid, a former policeman, allegedly confessed he had enlisted Iraqis to carry out attacks.

Three convicted murderers were hanged last September.

The US-led coalition abolished the death penalty in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, but it was re-instated during the handover to Iraqi control in June 2004.

The Iraqi government wanted to give its the option of executing the former president, who is currently on trial with seven others for the killing of 148 Shias from the village of Dujail in 1982.

That's awesome. The Iraqi Assembly changed the law to allow execution for not only those who commit terrorist acts, but also those who provoke, plan, and finance terrorism. Concealing or giving shelter to terrorists will get you life in prison. All that and Iraqi president Talabani is opposed to the death penalty. But with 14,000 more currently being held in prisons nationawide, I think we'll be seeing many more executions in the future.