Iraq Presidency ratifies death sentence against Tunisian, involved in destruction of Shiite Tomb

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

shiitenews_Iraq_Presidency_ratifies_death_sentence_against_TunisianIraq’s Presidency has ratified a death sentence against a Tunisian citizen, called Yusri Fadhil al-Tureiqi, involved in the destruction of the Tomb of the Askari Imams in Samarra city in 2006, according to al-Iraqiya TV Channel on Tuesday.

“The (Iraqi) Presidency has issued a number of Presidential decisions, ratifying the death sentences against a number of convicts,” the TV Channel reported.

It said that among the persons, sentenced for death, was the convict Yusri Fadhil al-Tureiqi, a Tunisian citizen, involved in the explosion that destroyed the golden Tomb of the two Askari Imams.

Noteworthy is that the 68-metre high golden tomb of the two holy Imams in Samarra city, had been target for an explosion that destroyed it in February, 2006, followed by a wave of sectarian violence that overwhelmed Iraq’s central provinces and its capital of Baghdad.

The Tomb was followed by another explosion in June, 2007, that destroyed the remaining parts of the two golden tombs.

The Tomb of Imams Ali al-Hadi and al-Hassan al-Askari in Samarra city of Salahal-Din Province, was one of the four leading tombs of Iraq’s Shiites that was built during the 10th and 11th Century AD.

Samarra city, one of the largest cities of Salahal-Din Province, is 120 km to the north of Baghdad, whilst the Province’s center city of Tikrit is 175 km to the north of the Iraqi capital.

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