Three Saudis and Yemeni citizen receive perpetuity imprisonment [Archives:2006/909/Local News]

January 5 2006

SANA'A, Jan. 4 ) The penal court in Baghdad issued a perpetuity imprisonment conviction against three Saudis and a Yemeni. It is because of their intention to commit terrorist activities in Iraq. A source in the court told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Newspaper that the suspects' names were Abdulmajed Hazim, Ibrahim Abdullah and Nadir Obied. The Yemeni suspect is called Mansour Ali.

The source said that the three were caught while they were crossing the Saudi borders. They confessed that they were planning to execute terrorist actions inside Iraq. He pointed out that according to article 149 of the penal law, the planner, the executer and even those who intend to carry out actions, are equally condemned. The source assured that the accused had enjoyed the right of having a defense lawyer, appointed by the court. The rulings will be remitted to the appeal court for final decision.

Riyadh explained that the Riyadh agreement dealt with the extradition matter. It gave Iraq the right to carry out all trials against criminals, even those who are foreign nationals or have the nationality of the participating countries. It also gave the Iraqi courts the right to report to the other countries about the criminals who committed illegal actions inside Iraq. If these are Iraqis, they will be extradited to Iraq. If they are foreigners they will be tried according to their country's law, however bilateral agreements will be considered in extradition cases.