Syria executed 24 people on Wednesday for charges of igniting wildfires last year. The fires left 3 people dead and burnt thousands of hectares (acres) of forests, the Justice Ministry said.
The Ministry of Justice announced that the executions came after following all the legal procedures.
The sentence was executed after its ratification by the Court of Cassation. The Amnesty Committee in the Ministry of Justice also ratified the sentence, based on “the provisions of the General Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Anti-Terrorism Law No. 19 of 2012.”
The Justice Ministry called the 24 who were executed, “criminals who carried out terrorist attacks that led to deaths and damage to infrastructure and public property.” It said 11 others were sentenced to life in prison in the same case.
It said nine others, including five juveniles, received prison sentences. It said the prison sentences for the juveniles ranged between 10 to 12 years.
Late last year, the Ministry of Interior was able to identify the perpetrators and those involved in the outbreak of dozens of fires in Lattakia, Tartous, and Homs, and they confessed that they had set fire to several locations in the three governorates.
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