The Government have regular discussions on Iraqi energy issues with the Government of Iraq and with international oil companies. These exchanges include discussion of Iraq's recent and upcoming oil licensing rounds through which the Iraqi Government are acquiring international expertise in order to increase oil production and exports.
The administration of justice and the punishment of criminal activities in Iraq, including the imposition of the death penalty, is a matter for the elected Government of Iraq. Death sentences have been given to those found guilty of murder or terrorist crimes whether or not they are associated with Saddam Hussein's regime.
The Iraqi Human Rights Minister told UK officials recently that about 900 prisoners had been given the death sentence but it was not clear from when these sentences were imposed. The EU has reported that 117 prisoners have been executed this year.
The position of the UK and of our EU colleagues towards the use of the death penalty is well known to the Government of Iraq, and we continue to raise our opposition to it regularly.