BAGHDAD — Iraqi ministry of Justice has revealed that a dozen of prisoners, originally from Saudi Arabia, are now on the death row in Iraq.
Director General of Iraqi Prisons and Detention Centres, Hussein Askari, told al-Mada Press that the Iraqi government does not deport any Saudi prisoner who is convicted on terrorism charges.
He said that 60 Saudis are sentenced to imprisonment for involvement in terrorist activities, with 12 others receiving the death penalty.
The executions will be carried out once the Iraqi President signs the sentence.
After the execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia earlier this year, Iraqi Shi’ite clerics, MPs and politicians demanded the federal government to execute every Saudi prisoner held in Iraq.
Execution of al-Nimr sparked outrage among Shi’ite Muslims in the Middle East; and Iraqi Shi’ite clerics vowed not to pass over the “aggression” without response.