UN: Rise in Iraqi execution of Islamist militants could bring injustices

By REUTERS
August 1, 2016 15:42

 
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BAGHDAD - The United Nations said on Monday Iraqi government efforts to speed up execution of Islamic State militants following a Baghdad bomb attack that killed 324 people could result in innocent people being put to death.

"(It is) all too easy to permit such atrocities to stoke the fires of vengeance. But vengeance is not justice," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussien said in a statement.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, facing pressure following the Baghdad suicide bombing last month claimed by Islamic State, ordered an investigation into delays in executing prisoners found guilty of terrorism-related charges.

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