Osama Jamal 'Abdallah Mahdi is running out of legal options – and out of time. The oil technician and father of two was convicted on 26 December 2011 under the 2005 Anti-Terrorism Law in connection with the 2008 bombing death of an Iraqi army officer. He was sentenced to death despite serious concerns about his treatment in detention and the fairness of his trial.
Osama Mahdi's forced "confession" was admitted as evidence even though he recanted at trial, and presented medical evidence to support his claims of torture and coercion. Still, his sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation in November 2012. Now action by Prseident Talabani's office is all that stands between Osama Mahdi and execution.