Iraqi PM denies reports of deal with France over convicted French IS members

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-12 05:35:35|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BAGHDAD, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that there was no agreement between his government and France regarding the French Islamic State (IS) members sentenced to death by Iraqi courts.

"We have a judicial authority and the law must apply to everyone," Mahdi said in his weekly press conference after the cabinet meeting.

His statement came after media reports said a deal had been struck between Baghdad and Paris to reduce the death sentences handed to the French IS members in exchange of money.

It is necessary to bring "Iraqi terrorists to Iraq and foreigners who fought for the IS should be tried in Iraq," Mahdi noted.

In recent weeks, Baghdad has handed death penalties to 11 Frenchmen over charges of joining the IS militant group.

The convicts have 30 days to appeal, according to the Iraqi law.

The 11 people were among 12 French citizens handed over to Iraqi authorities by the Syrian Democratic Forces in January.