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Iraq sentences confessed killer of two journalists to death

Local television reporter Ahmad Abdessamad and his cameraman, Safaa Ghali, were killed in Iraq's southern city of Basra last year.
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An Iraqi man accused of killing two journalists during anti-government protests in southern Iraq last year was sentenced to death by hanging on Monday.

In January 2020, Ahmad Abdessamad, a 37-year-old reporter for the local station Dijlah TV, and his 26-year-old cameraman, Safaa Ghali, were driving in the city of Basra when a group of armed men opened fire on their car. Abdessamad died on the scene, and Ghali succumbed to his gunshot wounds in a hospital. 

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