Iraq executes 12 'terror' convicts: judicial official

Iraqi authorities have executed 12 men convicted of crimes related to "terrorism", a senior judicial official said Monday, amid widespread international condemnation against Baghdad's use of the death penalty.

"Yesterday (Sunday), we executed 12 convicts," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"All of them were Iraqi men accused of terrorism."

The latest executions bring the number of people who have been put to death in Iraq this year to at least 144, compared to 129 executions in all of 2012, according to an AFP tally based on reports from the justice ministry and officials.

Among them were 42 convicts executed in one week last month, the justice ministry said at the time, in a statement issued on World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The growing resort to the death penalty comes as violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.