Two Iraqis get life term for kidnapping Romanians

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court has sentenced two men to life in prison in connection with the kidnap of three Romanian journalists in 2005, a court statement said on Saturday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 24 Sep 2011, 6:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:43 AM

The pair convicted by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq were identified only as A.A. and A.Y.

‘The court found convincing reasons from the confessions, evidence and the plan, to issue its ruling,’ a court statement said. It was not immediately clear what role the two men played in the kidnap.

Marie Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Ovidiu Ohanesian from Prima TV were kidnapped in March 2005 and released two months later.

Omar Hayssam, a Romanian-Syrian businessman, was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Romanian court for having ordered the kidnap of the trio. He was arrested and imprisoned in Romania in May 2005.

Released on health grounds a year later, he fled the country in unclear circumstances.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said in November 2010 that Hayssam was serving time in a Syrian prison. Romania and Syria signed an extradition treaty that same month.

The Romanian embassy in Baghdad did not immediately respond to requests from AFP for comment.

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