Dozens of Iraqi po­lice face charges over the killing of pro­test­ers

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Dozens of Iraqi po­lice of­fi­cers will be pros­e­cuted this month ac­cused of shoot­ing demon­stra­tors at anti-gov­ern­ment ral­lies in Oc­to­ber, of­fi­cials told

The Na­tional yes­ter­day.

At least 400 have been killed and thou­sands wounded since Iraq’s mass ral­lies against cor­rup­tion, and a lack of jobs and services be­gan at the start of Oc­to­ber.

At least 140 peo­ple were killed and 4,200 wounded dur­ing its first five days of ral­lies, an of­fi­cial report stated.

The news of the widen­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killings come two days af­ter the first two of­fi­cers were sen­tenced for their part in the deaths of demon­stra­tors.

“Forty-three po­lice of­fi­cers will be pros­e­cuted this month for the killing of pro­test­ers dur­ing the pe­riod of Oc­to­ber 1 and 5,” an Iraqi se­cu­rity of­fi­cial told The Na­tional.

Like the first two, the oth­ers “will get the death penalty or

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