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38 Convicted in Iraq Insurgency

September 10, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ An Iraqi court has convicted 38 people of charges related to the insurgency, including kidnapping and murder, the U.S.-led coalition said. Their sentences ranged from six months to life.

The 38 were tried at the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on Aug. 25, the coalition said in a statement released late Saturday night.

Six people were sentenced to life imprisonment _ three for kidnapping, two for ``joining armed groups to unsettle the stability and security of Iraq″ and one for shooting and killing a coalition armed forces member, the statement said.

A Saudi national was convicted of entering Iraq illegally and received a 15-year sentence.

Most of the others were convicted of possession of unlicensed weapons or attempting to cause an explosion and received sentences of between seven and 30 years.

The lightest sentences _ six months and three and a half years _ were imposed for forging identity cards, the statement said.

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq has held 1,445 trials of people alleged to have been involved in insurgent activity. Of those, 1,252 have been convicted, with the most severe sentence imposed being the death penalty.

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