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Three men sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Iraqi opposition leader

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Three men sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Iraqi opposition leader

2011-04-22 05:58:15 GMT+7 (ICT)

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) -- Three men on Thursday were sentenced to death by the High Iraqi Criminal Court for the 1994 murder of Iraqi opposition leader Sheikh Taleb al-Suheil.

According to Aswat al-Iraq news agency, the three defendants are Hadi Hassouni Najim, Abdul-Hussan al-Majid and Farouq Hijazy. Earlier, Sabir al-Douri and Abul-Hamid Mahmoud, were sentenced to life in prison.

The five defendants were convicted for their involvement in the 1994 murder of leader Sheikh Taleb al-Suheil in Lebanon. The three men sentenced to death were spies for the Iraqi intelligence service during the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Al-Douri was a military intelligence chief and Hamid Mahmoud was Hussein's secretary. Hadi Hassouni was the main defendant as he confessed having perpetrated the crime. The trial began in October 2009.

On April 12, 1994, Sheikh Taleb al-Suheil was murdered in Beirut, Lebanon, after a failed coup against Hussein in 1993. Sheikh Taleb was the head of the Bani Tamim tribe in central Iraq, a mostly Shia tribe. He is also the father of Iraqi lawmaker Safia al-Suheil.

Sheikh Taleb left Iraq in 1968 when the Baath Party seized power. The Iraqi regime recruited Lebanese businessman George Terjinian, a close friend of the Al-Suheil family, to facilitate access to the residence to murder the 64-year-old opposition leader.

Lebanese security forces conducted an operation and managed to arrest a group of men involved in the murder just a few hours after it. Among the detainees were four diplomats of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut who facilitated the crime.

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-- © BNO News All rights reserved 2011-04-22

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