Baghdad: Iraqi officials say 12 convicted
al Qaeda members have been executed for their role in the 2006
massacre of 70 people at a wedding party in the central Iraqi
town of Dujail.
Iraqi Deputy Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim said that the
executions took place today.
An Iraqi court had sentenced 15 people to death in June
over the killings in the predominantly Shiite town, in the
latest in a series of trials of alleged perpetrators of
atrocities during the height of Iraq's Sunni insurgency.
Ibrahim says that three of the convicted were spared from
execution because they are still being tried in other cases.
Dujail is located 80 kilometers north of Baghdad and is
surrounded by Sunni areas.
First Published: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 21:10