Tottenham Lad - born and bred in North London and one of the shrinking band of surviving natives.
The Lone Voice - from that fair city on the Usk. Not what you'd call a bleeding heart liberal - makes Dumb Jon look like Antonia Bance.
He links to this story. Iraq sounds like it should have a lower crime rate than the UK in a few years.
""The competent authorities have today carried out the death sentences of 13 terrorists," the Cabinet announcement said.
Farid had "confessed that foreigners recruited him to spread the fear through killings and abductions," the government said.
A judicial official said the death sentences were handed down in separate trials and were carried out in Baghdad.
"The 13 terrorists were tried in different courts and their trials began in 2005 and ended earlier this year," an official of the Supreme Judiciary Council said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisal from insurgents.
In September, Iraq hanged three convicted murderers, the first executions of any convicts since Saddam's ouster in April 2003. The men, considered common criminals rather than insurgents, were convicted of killing three police officers, kidnapping and rape.
Capital punishment was suspended during the formal U.S. occupation, which ended in June 2004, and the Iraqis reinstated the penalty two months later for those found guilty of murder, endangering national security and distributing drugs, saying it was necessary to help put down the persistent insurgency.
The authorities also wanted to have the option of executing Saddam if he is convicted of crimes committed by his regime. Under the former dictator, 114 offenses were punishable by death. "
Bawbags. I haven't dared ask what it means in the local Clydebank dialect.
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