#Iraq #Bagdad #DeathPenalty #Murrder

After convicting them of lynching a teenager in one of Baghdad's protest encampments last year, a Baghdad court sentenced six protesters to death.
Leaderless demonstrations against endemic corruption, soaring unemployment and weak public services erupted in Iraq in October 2019.
Protesters have called for a reform of the constitutional structure that has been in place since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein. During the months-long campaign in Baghdad and other cities in the central and southern parts of the country,
thousands of demonstrators blocked the major roads, squares and commercial areas. Haitham Ali Ismael, 16, had been trying for days to persuade the demonstrators not to block the street near his family home in Wathba Square in Baghdad, but to no effect. Equipped with a pistol,
Mr. Ismael shot from his house roof at the demonstrators in an effort to shoot them away, the police said. They say that the demonstrators believed he was a member of the security forces or a militia.
They broke into his home, stabbed him and pulled him into the street with his bleeding body before hanging him from the traffic light pole by his ankles and cutting his throat.Local media broadly published an official document issued by the court outlining the decision.
One female activist, also sentenced to death, was included among the six convictions. The ruling was confirmed by a court official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with local regulations. The demonstrators, meanwhile, have distanced themselves from the perpetrators.

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