Iraq is hanging alleged ISIL fighters after minutes-long trials. But the dead may not have all been members

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Source: National Post

Iraq’s massive dragnet is ensnaring scores of innocent people, while rushed investigations and trials are failing to distinguish between Iraqis who embraced the Islamic State and others who cooperated with the group out of fear or coercion, human rights groups and the United Nations said.

The lack of due process could imperil national reconciliation by enshrining a cycle of revenge in Iraq’s courts, these groups said. This dynamic raises the possibility of continued sectarian conflict between Shiites that dominate the government and legal system and Sunnis who account for nearly all those accused of terrorism.

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