Iraq

    Amnesty International has called on Iraq to halt executions, saying the woeful state of the justice system was unable to guarantee fair trials in capital cases. Amnesty said more than 1,000 people were on death row in Iraq, including 12 women. "One of these, 27-year-old Samar Saad Abdullah, facing execution for murder, has alleged that she was tortured into making a false confession, including with electric shocks and beatings with a cable," the rights group said. "She reportedly received a trial lasting less than two days, where one of her lawyers was ordered out of the court by the trial judge." Amnesty International UK Campaigns Director Tim Hancock said the Iraqi justice system could barely cope with normal trials, let alone death penalty cases. (Reuters)

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