Suspected ISIS mass murderer is charged with war crimes over massacre of 1,600 unarmed Iraqi cadets inside Saddam Hussein’s palace

Suspected ISIS mass murderer is charged with war crimes over massacre of 1,600 unarmed Iraqi cadets inside Saddam Hussein’s palace

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(The Daily Mail ) A suspected ISIS mass murderer has been charged with war crimes in France after slipping into the country as an asylum seeker and being granted a residency card.

The 33-year-old, identified only as Ahmed H, is currently in a high-security prison near Paris after being arrested in Lisieux, Normandy, in early March.

He is said to have taken part in the so-called Camp Speicher Massacre of up to 1,600 unarmed Iraqi airforce cadets, in northern Iraq, four years ago.

Mainly young servicemen, many of them teenagers training for a new career, were herded into a building inside former dictator Saddam Hussein’s palace complex in Tikrit.

They were then lined up, as if on an assembly line, and butchered one-by-one with a bullet to the head, while Isis filmed the atrocity.

After taking part in the bloodbath, Ahmed H. took advantage of immigrant routes into the European Union, and was granted refugee status in 2016.

He was then given a 10-year residency card to settle in France, a source close to the case told AFP, the country’s national news agency.

Intelligence agents were on Ahmed’s H’s case, however, and within months he was identified as a high-ranking Isis operative.

After two days of questioning, he was indicted on March 9 for a range of charges including ‘terrorist-related murders’ and ‘war crimes’ and then placed on remand. All could see him locked up for life.

A prosecuting source in Paris said Ahmed H denied any wrongdoing, and was being represented by French lawyer Mohamed El Monsaf Hamdi, who refused to comment.

Ahmed H also faces criminal action in Iraq, where he was said to have been an Isis commander in the Samarra region, north of Baghdad.

He faces the death penalty there, but France refuses to extradite terrorist suspects in such circumstances.

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