British fanatics who travel to Iraq to fight for Islamic State face death by hanging after trials lasting as little as ten minutes.
A judge has revealed that a number of UK passport holders are awaiting trial after capture on the battlefield – and says he is protecting Britain by sentencing terrorists to death.
His comments came as Iraq executed 13 convicted terrorists hours after the country’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, ordered the immediate execution of all jihadis on death row in retaliation for IS killing eight hostages.
A judge has revealed that a number of UK passport holders are awaiting trial after capture on the battlefield
An image grab taken from an AFPTV video shows Belgian jihadist Tarik Jadaoun, known by his nom de guerre Abu Hamza al-Beljiki, being escorted out of the court after his trial in Baghdad
Abdul Sattar Beraqdar, spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, has tried hundreds of cases involving IS at the central criminal court in Baghdad, and sentenced many to death.
The judge said some fighters with British passports had already been sentenced and it was ‘possible’ they had been given the death penalty. More cases are yet to be completed, he added.
His comments are the first public confirmation that there are UK fighters in Iraqi jails. The Foreign Office in London said it was not aware of the cases mentioned.
Arguing that British members of IS deserve to die, Mr Beraqdar said: ‘The punishment, as much as it seems strong, will affect the security of your country.
‘I am sure there are hundreds of people in Britain at this moment thinking of committing similar crimes. That’s why we, as Iraqis, if we are tough in sentencing these people, they will think thoroughly before taking any action.’
Some 850 UK citizens are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with IS, and hundreds are still thought to be there.
The Mail is aware of at least one British citizen suspected