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Three Iraqis sentenced to death
An Iraqi court has sentenced three people to death over the murder of a top government official last month.

Ayad Salman, Ali Ghabdan and Asaad Deeifis were found guilty of gunning down Interior Ministry Under-Secretary Abdul-Mohsen Ali Abdul-Sada in Baghdad.

They have the right to appeal the Baghdad court ruling within a month.

Capital punishment for people guilty of murder, endangering national security and drug-trafficking was reinstated by Iraq's interim government last year.

The death sentence was widely used under ousted President Saddam Hussein, but US-led troops placed a moratorium on its use following their invasion in 2003.

Wednesday's ruling brought to seven the number of people on death row in Iraq.

Three suspected members of a group linked to al-Qaeda were sentenced to death for murder, robbery and rape by a tribunal in the town of Kut - south of Baghdad - on 22 May.

On 25 May, a former army officer under Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death in Hilla, also south of the capital, for murdering members of Iraq's security forces.

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