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Iraq executes Tunisian for mosque bombing

17 November 2011, 16:53

Baghdad - Iraq has executed a Tunisian man convicted of involvement in a 2006 attack on a revered Shi'ite shrine that unleashed a wave of sectarian bloodshed, a justice ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.

The ministry "executed 11 people on Wednesday, including a Tunisian convicted of involvement in the bombing of Al-Askari shrine in Samarra in 2006", the spokesperson said, asking to have his name withheld.

The 11, who also included an Egyptian and nine Iraqis, among them a woman, were all convicted of terrorism offences, the representative said.

The Tunisian, 27-year-old Yusri al-Tariki, had been detained in Iraq since 2006, after travelling to the country in 2003 to participate in the insurgency against US forces, his father Fakher al-Tariki said.

He was condemned to death in Iraq for involvement in the killings of "hundreds" of Americans and Iraqis, including a journalist from the Al-Arabiya satellite station, as well as the Samarra shrine attack.

His father said his son was tortured and forced to implicate himself.

Tunisia's interim president, Fouad Mebazaa, had appealed to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in a November 10 message to pardon Tariki.


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