Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq receives digital evidence from UNITAD on ISIS crimes

BAGHDAD — The Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq has taken a significant step in prosecuting members of the Islamic State (ISIS) by receiving digital evidence from the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD).

In a statement released by the media center of the Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday, it was revealed that Judge Khaled Taha, President of the Baghdad Court of Appeal, formally received the digital statistics from UNITAD. The transmission of this crucial evidence underscores the commitment of international partners to assist Iraqi courts in delivering justice.

The statement emphasized that the provision of this data aligns with the objectives outlined in the Security Council resolution, empowering Iraqi courts to hold members of ISIS accountable for their atrocities. Judge Taha stressed the importance of ongoing collaboration with UNITAD and other international organizations operating in Iraq, emphasizing the vital role they play in supporting the country’s judiciary.

The resolution, bolstered by support from the United Kingdom, underscores Iraq’s request to the United Nations for comprehensive documentation on ISIS crimes. This information is vital for prosecuting not only the members of the terrorist organization but also those who provided them with financial support.

UNITAD, established in 2017 in response to a UN Security Council resolution and at the behest of the Iraqi government, is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting the grave crimes committed by ISIS. By providing essential evidence to Iraqi authorities, UNITAD contributes significantly to the pursuit of justice and accountability for victims of terrorism in Iraq.