Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects

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December 5, 2017 17:42
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BAGHDAD - Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of ISIS suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions and broad prosecutions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.

As the Sunni Muslim militant group's self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles following defeats in Iraq and Syria, thousands suspected of joining it have been captured, detained, and put on trial. At least 200 have been sentenced and at least 92 executed, an HRW report said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, at a weekly news conference on Tuesday, denied that Iraq puts ISIS suspects on trial without evidence but did not address other parts of the HRW report.

His government faces the task of exacting justice on ISIS members while preventing revenge attacks on people associated with the group that could only undermine efforts to create long-term stability.

New York-based HRW said that an 80-page report it released early on Tuesday "finds serious legal shortcomings that undermine efforts to bring (ISIS) fighters, members, and affiliates to justice."

A spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, which supervises the federal judiciary, declined to comment on the contents of the report ahead of its release.

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