A hand is seen as Iraqi forensic teams recovered dead bodies from a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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An Iraqi court Wednesday sentenced 24 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by extremists and allied militants of hundreds of mostly Shiite military recruits in Tikrit.The central criminal court in Baghdad handed 24 of 28 defendants the maximum sentence over the "Speicher" massacre, which was named after the base from which the victims were captured before being executed.All 24 denied any involvement in the massacre, committed during the first days of the ISIS-led offensive in Iraq.Footage released by ISIS last year shows some of the captured recruits were shot and pushed into the Tigris river.The defendants were brought into the courtroom blindfolded, handcuffed and chained by their feet.The judge showed one defendant a grainy printout of a grab from the video footage of the massacre.
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