Iraq hands death sentence to man accused of killing journalists in Basra

Iraqi anti-government protesters confront security forces in the southern city of Basra, on 31 October 2020 (AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council announced on Monday (November 1) that the Basra Criminal Court has handed down a death sentence for a suspect accused of killing two journalists last year.

Dijlah TV reporter Ahmed Abdul Samad and camera operator Safaa Ghali were shot and killed while they were covering a protest in Basra on January 10, 2020.

The Council said in a statement that the defendant confessed to all the details of the crime, the aim of which was to destabilize security and stability and spread terror.

The verdict was issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 4/1 of Counterterrorism Law No. 13 of 2005, it added.

Samad was formerly a reporter for NRT.

(NRT Digital Media)