Iraq is holding around 11,000 detainees on suspicion of ties to Daesh. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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"Not guilty," the defendant, Abdullah al-Jabouri, told the judge in a session of one of Iraq's counterterrorism courts this week. He said he had worked for Ninevah province's water department for more than 20 years and stayed at his post when Daesh took over in 2014, but he denied ever swearing allegiance to the group. Under Iraq's terror law, only three punishments are permitted – 15 years in prison, life imprisonment or execution by hanging.All verdicts are reviewed by Iraq's Supreme Court.The most recent death sentence was issued April 19, to a man convicted of serving as a judge for the Daesh group, he said.The judge, Younus al-Jumaily, read three documents. The judge pressed Jabouri, presenting the testimony in the documents again.Jabouri said his confession was "taken under fear and threat" and the reports by the mayor and intelligence chief were wrong.After eight minutes of deliberations, the judges found him guilty and sentenced him to 15 years.
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