A picture taken on July 6, 2018 shows an Iraqi sunset by the Kut Dam, southeast of the capital Baghdad. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi President Fuad Masum approved Wednesday the execution order of a number of prisoners "who are convicted of dangerous crimes and terrorist crimes and targeted the lives of innocent people."
The exact numbers of those sentenced to die, nor their exact crimes, or identities were revealed.
"The verdict has been sent to relevant executive authorities to implement it," read a statement from his office, adding that "the issuance of the verdict came after a special committee studied the files of the convicted."
The president's office also stated that their efforts continue to study the files of other convicted people.
There has been growing unrest over instability and a lack of security in many parts of the country.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi decreed the executions of “12 convicted terrorists” on June 28, who were executed the following day at al-Nasiryah Prison.
Iraq is yet to form a new government. The term of the current government ended in June, but was extended by a vote in parliament.
Iraq is holding at least 19,000 people accused of ties to ISIS or other terror-related charges, Associated Press reported this spring after an investigation.
Tens of people have been executed this year so far after trials that international monitors have condemned as unfair.