Iraq Government Employees Face Prosecution for Working Under ISIL


Human Rights Watch (HRW) has pointed out in various reports, including Flawed Justice: Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq, that all civil employees are subject to investigation and prosecution under the government's blanket system for dealing with ISIL affiliates under its counter-terrorism law.

There are no exact numbers of government workers currently prosecuted or facing investigation under the counter-terrorism law, though HRW has documented charges against a "wide range" of individuals.

The Iraqi justice department has an investigation division that looks into the cases of those who worked for ISIL, gathering written witness statements and evidence.

The minimum sentence given for someone who joined ISIL, including those who worked under the group, is 15 to 20 years in prison. In the Nineveh Counter-terrorism Court, under which the Mosul region falls, if someone is found guilty of a killing in the name of ISIL they are sentenced to death by hanging.

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