Executions in Iraq Not Real Justice for Speicher Massacre
Security forces in Iraq may be making gains against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, but Iraq’s execution on Sunday of 36 men after flawed trials seriously undermined the battle for justice. The men were found guilty of participating in the massacre of hundreds of army recruits, when ISIS captured Tikrit.
Fair trials are an important for everyone – they show that ISIS’s killers will be held to account, and they are salve for the wounds of ISIS’s victims. But when such a high-profile trial as this is mired with due process violations, what faith can anyone, on any side, have in Iraq’s justice system?