BRUSSELS, March 27 (KUNA) -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of a number of executions in Iraq.
She noted in a statement that there were at least 123 executions in 2012, though none since the beginning of this year.
"I therefore deeply regret that the authorities have chosen to re-start executions now, when the Iraqi government had committed to re-examining the cases of prisoners and detainees," said the EU foreign policy chief.
Iraq is aware of the EU's unequivocal position against the death penalty, she stressed and called on the Government of Iraq to cease all use of the death penalty.(end) nk.wsa KUNA 271207 Mar 13NNNN