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Iraq sentences 27 men to death for roles in 2014 Speicher massacre

Jessica Suerth writes for CNN:

Iraq sentenced 27 prisoners to death for their part in a 2014 massacre that killed as many as 1,700 men in ISIS-controlled territory, according to a statement released by Iraq Central Criminal Court.

"The Central Criminal Court issued a verdict to execute 27 defendants convicted of participating in the Speicher massacre," Judge Abdul Sattar al-Beeraqdar, a spokesman for Iraq's Higher Judicial Council, said in a statement released Tuesday.

However, Beeraqdar said the decision is "preliminary and can be appealed."

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