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GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was appalled that Iraq had hanged 42 prisoners on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow.
“I am appalled to learn of the execution of 42 prisoners in a single day,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.
“We are extremely concerned at reports that Iraq may be planning to expedite the process of executing prisoners already sentenced to death, and that this could result in more large-scale executions in the coming weeks.”
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)