An Iraqi court has sentenced a Saudi man to death for joining a Jihadist group blamed for terrorist acts in the country, the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council announced Wednesday, dpa reported.
The Council, Iraq's highest judicial body, said that the Criminal Court had convicted the Saudi of entering Iraq illegally via Syria and joining the Islamic Army in Iraq "with the pretext of fighting the US forces and destabilizing the country."
It was not clear when the convict had been arrested and if he has the right to appeal the ruling.
After the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, the Islamic Army in Iraq was one of the largest insurgent groups fighting the US forces and the new Iraqi authorities, but it has been less prominent in recent years.
The US completed its withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011.
Iraq and Saudi Arabia are reportedly in negotiations to finalize a prisoner-swap deal.
Around 60 Saudis, mostly held on suspicion of involvement in the insurgency, are thought to be held in Iraq, while there are an estimated 100 Iraqis in Saudi jails.