Iraqi PM Denies Reports Of Deal With France Over Convicted French Daesh Members

BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 12 (NNN-NINA) – Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said that, there was no agreement between his government and France, regarding the French Daesh 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 Daesh members, in exchange for money.

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

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

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

The 11 people were among 12 French citizens, handed over to Iraqi authorities, by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Jan.– NNN-NINA